According to Comingsoon.net via Access Hollywood, Rachelle Lefevre was “stunned” to hear that she was being replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of Victoria for the third installment in the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse”. The announcement of Howard taking over the role came yesterday (July 28, 2009) after Summit Entertainment stated that Lefevre had scheduling conflicts that prevented her from filming the third movie.
Here is an excerpt of Lefevre’s statement:
“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.”
The filming schedule for “Eclipse” was slated to be filmed over the course of 3 months. The movie that Lefevre committed to was “Barney’s Version” which was only going to shoot for 10 days. Furthermore, Lefevre also stated that she never thought that she would loose the role over a 10 day overlap.
Summit Entertainment issued a statement of their own in response to Lefevre’s comments:
“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.”
Something fishy is definitely going on. I was surprised when I first heard that Rachelle Lefevre was not coming back for “Eclipse” because why would someone walk away from a booming movie franchise? It’s like “Harry Potter”, how can anyone walk away from “Harry Potter?” It would just ruin the continuity of the films (in terms of recasting characters). Was this a case of the studio wanting more star power for the movie franchise? Personally, I think the “Twilight” movie(s) have enough star power with Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) and Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), so was this just a case of miscommunication? I guess it is open to interpretation – classic case of “he said”, “she said”.
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