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Robert Pattinson Competed With 9 Stars to Play Edward in 'Twilight,' (Including Author Stephenie Meyer's First Choice, a 'Schitt's Creek' Star & More!)

Robert Pattinson Competed With 9 Stars to Play Edward in 'Twilight,' (Including Author Stephenie Meyer's First Choice, a 'Schitt's Creek' Star & More!)

Robert Pattinson had already established himself as an emerging talent in the young adult sphere with his portrayal of Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter franchise, but landing the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight cemented him as a mega-star.

He played the lead, sparkling vampire in the blockbuster adaptations of author Stephenie Meyer‘s beloved novels. However, we have since learned that he faced some stiff competition to book his starring role alongside Kristen Stewart.

Thousands of actors auditioned for the role, but a much smaller list of frontrunners and A-listers who were considered has been revealed. The list includes a Schitt’s Creek star, several actors who booked other roles in Twilight and someone who admitted that they later regretted their audition.

It also includes Stephenie‘s first choice for Edward, who only learned that he was in the running years after the fact!

Who all was up for the star-making role? We pulled together a handy list and everything the actors have said about their auditions.

Scroll through the slideshow to see all of Robert Pattinson’s biggest competition for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight…

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