Rachelle Lefevre, our lovely, beautiful, magnificent Victoria, will not be returning to make her biggest appearence in Eclipse. :'(
Instead, Bryce Dallas Howard will be replacing her for the third film:
*sniffles* Rachelle had to be one my absolute FAVORITE of the cast. She's stunning, she's funny, she's friendly. She has wild, curly hair like me. :P But sadly, a rather inexplicable and perplexing scheduling conflict means New Moon is the last time will see her as part of the cast.
Below are Rachelle and Summit's offical statements about this latest ordeal. When you read them, you'll see why I'm confused about the whole thing.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --
Summit Entertainment announced the replacement of “Twilight Saga” star Rachelle Lefevre in the series’ third film, “Eclipse,” on Tuesday night – and fans weren’t the only ones surprised by the news — Rachelle was shocked as well!
“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse,’” Rachelle said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
On Tuesday, Summit announced that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking on the role in “Eclipse,” due in May 2010.
“I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules. My commitment to ‘Barney’s Version’ is only ten days. Summit picked up my option for ‘Eclipse.’ Although the production schedule for ‘Eclipse’ is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those ten days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for ‘Eclipse,’ never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10 day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.”
The star concluded her statement with a regretful tone.
“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the ‘Twilight’ audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of ‘Eclipse’ only the very best,” she said.
Rachelle will appear in the series’ next film, “New Moon,” due Nov. 20.
We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio. Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.
* Ms. Lefevre’s representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.
* If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes “passionate,” about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.
* It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June. Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.
* Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.
* Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.
The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project - which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment - makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.
Rachelle and Summit are basically blaming one another for the problem. I don't know what's what, who's who, or how's how, but I do know that I'm VERY sad that Rachelle won't have her time to shine in Eclipse. Whatever the real reason for this, I'll always love her as a talented actress, she'll always have my utmost support, and I'm looking forward to whatever great film projects lay ahead of her.
I know that there are petitions going around, and people are claiming that they'll boycott the movie, and all that crazy angry-fan action. Personally, I think it's a bit ridiculous. I refuse to sign any petitions - they are good for a great deal of things, but I don't think the film industry is interested. What's gone down has gone down, and I don't think we can keep it from happening. As Twilight fans, I believe we should be optimistic, and we should CERTAINLY keep an open mind. Just because one actress has replaced another doesn't mean Eclipse is going to be horrible and it definitely does not mean we should boycott it before we even know what it looks like. That's unreasonable.
Moving on, I think that if they had to replace Rachelle, they replaced her with a great actress. Bryce Dallas Howard is beautiful, you can't deny that, and from what I heard she is very, very talented. The crazy thing is, she looks EXACTLY how I pictured Victoria in my head while reading the books. Exactly, exactly. She has great hair, great eyes, and I think she could look very vampiric with the right make-up and red contacts. I'm actually kind of excited to see what she'll bring to our beloved Twilight world, even if I'll miss Rachelle terribly.
Know that Rachelle was an amazing asset to Twilight and New Moon, and that Bryce Dallas Howard may have something unique and wonderful to offer to Eclipse. That's my final word. :)