July 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

If the New Moon footage director Chris Weitz debuted at Comic-Con today is any indication of what’s to come, Team Edward and Team Jacob will continue to battle. Indeed, the scenes screened at the panel—which featured Weitz along with Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Ashley Greene, who plays Alice—played in part like a matchup of dueling abs. Weitz debuted two scenes for the screaming fans who spent days camped out outside of Hall H waiting to see their on-screen idols. One clip featured Jacob (Lautner) showing Bella how to ride a motorcycle while she battles visions of Edward in her mind. (Jacob’s abs show up when he pulls off his shirt to wipe the blood from Bella’s forehead after she bails on the bike.) The second scene was the beginning of the climactic sequence in Italy, in which Bella and Alice are racing to save Edward from exposing himself in the sunlight. (Edward’s abs show up when he takes off his shirt intending to show the world his vampire self.)

The New Moon cast made clear that working with director Weitz was a welcome reprieve from the frenetic filmmaking style of Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. “Chris was the perfect guy to do this movie,”  Stewart said. “Catherine was impulsive and fast. This time around we had more time to think. We could be a little more cerebral.” 

Lautner spoke of the challenges of working with such little clothing and such wicked weather conditions, while Pattinson seemed extremely comfortable highlighting his role as a “supporting” cast member in this film. Speaking of her character’s relationship angst in the sequel, Stewart said, “I played an insane person in this movie.” Weitz, for his part, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to direct the sequel. “The last film I made [The Golden Compass] was recut by the studio, and it was quite a terrible experience,” says Weitz. “This has been completely different. It’s been a tremendously rejuvenating experience for me. I can remember how much fun it is to make a film.” 

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