LAS VEGAS — Ever since their careers exploded around last year at this time, it's rare to see "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart doing anything other than slaving away on the sets of "New Moon" and the next sequel, "Eclipse." Now, Timbaland wants to give the sexy duo a chance to let their hair down on his next music video — and if anybody can make it happen, it's the Grammy-winning producer and rapper.
"I want certain people in the video," he revealed to us over the weekend at Justin Timberlake's charity concert, talking about "Morning After Dark," the first single off his upcoming album Shock Value 2, and featuring the new artist SoShy. "I want the same characters of 'Twilight,' which I've almost got."
Timbaland has spoken to us before about how Shock Value 2 was influenced by the world of Stephenie Meyer, and that "Morning After Dark" seizes on some of the darker themes in her world. Now he says he's on the verge of getting Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and possibly other "Twilight" stars to appear in the video.
"If I get Bella and Edward, it would be [ideal]," he explained. "I'm gonna give a twist to it, though."
Timbaland's twist would involve embracing the dark side of the vampire world while casting himself and friends in key roles, which he hopes will meld Forks with the aesthetic of Kate Beckinsale's hit vampire series.
"It would be almost, kind of like, 'Underworld,' " he explained. "Kind of like that movie, you won't know what we are. You don't know if we're vampires, but we are something. You know what I'm saying?"
Combining the what-are-they mysteries of the "Underworld" franchise with the romantic drama of "Twilight," Timbaland is convinced that RPattz and KStew could bring his music video the right tone. In his possible story line spun off from "New Moon," Timbaland and SoShy would appear as vampires offering Edward piece of mind as he flees for Italy.
"We would protect her while he goes away from the other dude (Jacob) and the other people (the Cullens)," he said, comparing the plot to developments we'll see in "New Moon" next month. "We was his last hope, he wouldn't want to use us, the whole thing. If [Edward] calls us it would be a big payback — a big price to pay to call my team of people to protect her. It's a whole little story line."
"And I have part two to the single too," Timbaland revealed, saying he'd hope to continue the plot in another video. "So it's like a whole little story line to it."
But for all those Twilighters out there who might be thinking about switching their three-letter exclamations from "OME!" to "WTF?" Timabaland says don't worry — he's a fanpire too.
"I've watched that movie and I watch 'True Blood' a lot — both of the seasons," he explained. "So I'm like, 'Man, this could be real ill,' because nobody's ever done nothing with music that assimilates this. So it will have to be dark.
"It could be a little fun at the same time," he promised Robsten, hoping they'll want to join forces with him. "Still dark, but still fun."