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Writer: Hudgens won't be in 'New Moon'

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Writer: Hudgens won't be in 'New Moon'

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Vanessa Hudgens will definitely not be appearing in New Moon, according to the film's writer.

Last month, the High School Musical 3 star's representative denied that she had auditioned for the role of werewolf Leah Clearwater.

Speaking to People, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg confirmed that the actress would not be starring in the follow-up to Twilight.

"I'm not sure about [final] casting but I had heard Vanessa Hudgens was going up for the part of Leah," she said. "But at the moment, the part of Leah doesn't happen until the third movie."

Rosenberg revealed that "the original cast will all be coming back", adding: "They're on set right now in Vancouver. They're all up there prepping the movie to start shooting very soon."

Discussing director Chris Weitz, who has replaced Catherine Hardwicke, she said: "[He] directed The Golden Compass which was a beautiful-looking film. And I think it's wonderful we have someone who has worked with CGI animals... that will be a big part of New Moon.

"I'm delighted we have someone who's so expert at that."

New Moon is scheduled to begin filming in March with a slated November 2009 release date.

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