Mandi Bierly
May 27, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Shirtless shots of Robert Pattinson filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon in Italy have surfaced and to quote a top EW editor who first sent me a link: “Um, wow.” If you haven’t read the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s series and intend to, stop reading now and just ogle the picture at left (if you are so inclined). Then click on our set gallery — which NOW features nine photos from Italy, including a couple steamy ones of Pattinson and Kristen Stewart kissing, in which she secures herself a Maxim cover (if she is so inclined) — and repeat.

We’re assuming these new paparazzi pics are from the scene in which Bella rushes to stop Edward — who believes she’s dead — from stepping into the sun and exposing his sparkling body to the masses so that the Volturi will be forced to kill him. The bad news: There’s no way my dream of this being the scene that Pattinson, Stewart, and Taylor Lautner unveil at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards is coming true. (Presumably those dots on Pattinson’s body are for the “diamond” effect that the post-production team will take its sweet time creating. Hint, hint. And UPDATE: We now know it’s the first trailer we’ll be seeing.) The good news: My faith in the wardrobe department, first established in the release of the Wolf Pack photo, remains steadfast. Pattinson’s hair looks under control (and somehow hotter than it did when they were shooting in Vancouver?). And I’m choosing to believe that no makeup artist was used in the development of those abs (but if there was, I do not even care).

More on ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’:
‘New Moon’: Exclusive photos and on-the-set scoop
‘New Moon’: 35 pics from the set
‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’ one-sheet debuts: Hello, Jacob! And Edward’s chest hair!
‘Twilight’: Which ‘New Moon’ scene should debut on the MTV Movie Awards?
‘New Moon’: 26 pics from the set
‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’ script found in trash…and returned
‘Twilight’: Robert Pattinson wants to disturb us in ‘New Moon’. Bring it.
‘Twilight’: ‘New Moon’ set footage with Pattinson and Lautner (plus Mary Hart says ‘woof’!)
‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’: First look at the Wolf Pack!
‘Twilight’: 15 New Faces in ‘New Moon’
‘Twilight’: Full ‘New Moon’ Volturi cast revealed!
‘Twilight’: Does the Michael Sheen ‘New Moon’ casting win you over (or back)?
‘Twilight’ sequel ‘New Moon’ casts Caius
‘Twilight’: The wolf pack is cast
‘Twilight’ poll: Dakota Fanning is Jane, who should be Alec?
‘Twilight’: Taylor Lautner keeping Jacob role
‘Twilight’ sequel: New details on ‘New Moon’
‘Twilight’ sequel: Chris Weitz to direct ‘New Moon’
EW’s ‘Twilight’ Headquarters (featuring photo galleries, video interviews, and more)


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