Was Kristen Stewart Nearly Nudged Out Of 'Twilight' by a 'Buffy' Girl?

True fact: one of the very first things many will satirize about the "Twilight" franchise is the amusingly zomboid, trout-mouthed, perplexed expression of Kristen Stewart as maybe the most polarizing heroine in recent film (or literary) history, Bella Swan.

But consider this: would a casting swap have made a difference? The story might've been as (depending on who you ask) awesome or inane either way, but what if it had been, say, Michelle Trachtenberg playing Bella instead of the fairly bland Stewart? Would a Trachtenberg performance have been met with less mockery, or would being received the same way as Stewart have ultimately hurt her reputation?

The current "Gossip Girl" star and alum of the final three "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" seasons as Buffy Summers' little sister Dawn told Us Weekly that her existing relationship with "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke from the pair's near-collaboration on the movie "Thirteen" had Hardwicke considering Trachtenberg for the part as, in Trachtenberg's words, one of the "so few pale girls in Hollywood."

"I was actually supposed to star in ('Thirteen') but I was on 'Buffy' at the time," Trachtenberg explained.

Though Hardwicke was interested, Trachtenberg claims that schedules never worked out so that she could take "Twilight" either. "“I already have 'Buffy.' I've already done the vampire thing."

It might or might not have been a game-changer. At the very least, it's not quite as striking to think of Trachtenberg as Bella instead of Stewart as it is to consider early choices Ice Cube, David Alan Grier or Dave Chappelle as Bubba in "Forrest Gump." All of the above turned it down. By the by, Chappelle has since called turning down that role his biggest career regret.

For that matter, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and John Travolta all turned down the title role.

Was it for the better? For worse? Speak up in the comments, and let us know.