Since I know better than anybody the wrath of a Twilight fan scorned, I'm just going to get straight to the point: Marc Malkin over at E! has reported that Dakota Fanning has been offered the role of Jane in the upcoming sequel, New Moon. Malkin writes, "I can exclusively report that the 14-year-old child star-she turns 15 on Feb. 23-is in talks to play Jane opposite Robert Pattinson & Co. in New Moon." Oh, there's more -- not only did Malkin drop the bomb about Ms. Fanning joining in on the angst, but according to his source "There were no auditions, they just offered it to her outright, and now they're in negotiations. They've been going back and forth."

New Moon will center on Bella (Kristen Stewart) dealing with the abrupt departure of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison), but she is soon drawn back into the world of things that go 'bump in the night' (enter a bitter and sadistic little bloodsucker named Jane). In a recently leaked casting notice, Jane was described as "blonde with a "Botticelli angel-like face...[and] crimson irises. While fellow Vulture guards Demetrio & Felix are three times the size of her, they are terrified of her." I don't know about you, but I actually think that Fanning could pull this off.

For once, though, it looks like fans could be happy with the role going to Fanning, and there was even an online petition created by fans demanding Summit give Fanning the role -- then again, there's an online petition for anything these days. One thing is for sure: if Fanning does sign on, I think fans can feel a lot more confident in her acting chops than in some of the other names that have been tossed around.

So now I leave the floor to the fans: sound off below and tell us what you think about Ms. Fanning taking over as one of the baddest Volturi on the block...