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‘Twilight’ Swaps Gender Roles

Bella and Edward are now Beau and Edythe

Never mind Team Edward or Team Bella. The new choice for “Twilight” devotees is Team Edythe or Team Beau.

Yes, the author behind the madly successful “Twilight” franchise has given the vampire saga a gender switch. Stephanie Meyer is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her book series by changing the sexes of the three main characters.

She told ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday that her publisher asked her to write a new forward to mark the anniversary, but she wanted to push beyond that.

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“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined,” which came out Tuesday, features a female vampire named Edythe who falls for a handsome high schooler named Beau. The third cog in the saga’s love triangle, Jacob the werewolf, is now Julie.

The four “Twilight” films brought in a combined $1.3 billion at the domestic box office.

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Why? Meyer said the notion that Bella was a “damsel in distress” didn’t sit well with her.

Gender switching is becoming more commonplace in Hollywood. A new version of “Hart to Hart,” the classic TV series starring a married straight couple, will feature gay partners. A “Road House” reboot is in the works, but Patrick Swayze’s character will now be played by UFC star Ronda Rousey. You can’t make this up.

Could the “Reimagined” book spark a new movie franchise? Meyer doesn’t think so, but that will hardly impact Hollywood bean counters salivating at extending the “Twilight” series. The four “Twilight” films brought in a combined $1.3 billion at the domestic box office.

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