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Rachelle Lefevre: The Casting Change Sucks!

Rachelle Lefevre: The Casting Change Sucks!

Rachelle Lefevre is speaking out on yesterday’s announcement that Bryce Dallas Howard would be replacing her as the villain Victoria in the third installment of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse.

“I was stunned by Summit [Entertainment]’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse,” Rachelle said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “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. 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 30-year-old actress continued, “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.”

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  • mochakiss8503

    Rachelle WILL always be Victoria!!!! Eclipse won’t be the same w/o her :o(

  • Heather ♥

    wow that new victoria looks like shes gonna suck. i want the old victoria!

  • vicky.

    well this sucks a little. :(
    she plays victoria amazingly.
    she will always be victoria in my eyes.
    you can never beat the orginal. :)
    still excited for the film though. :D

  • gretch

    Such a bad move, Summit. The Twilight fandom is toted as being beyond huge and beyond passionate. Rachelle has been grateful and gracious as well as enthusiastic towards the franchise as well as the fans. Of all the supporting cast members…she’s really not one the fans would want to see pushed out. ‘Specially as this is the character Victoria’s big exit.

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rachelleinecpliseyes

  • Alison

    I think it absolutely stinks….. I knew it wasn’t a scheduling change as this was announced only a week before rehearsals start for Eclipse. I feel bad for Rachelle and it almost makes you feel like boycotting Eclipse. It won’t be the same without her.

  • Kristen

    I can’t believe that. Summit is making a horrible decision in replacing her. Once an actor has established a character, it is difficult to think finding another red-headed actress can easily keep the character’s persona. They were able to accommodate when cam only had a short amount of time to get all his filming as James done for Twilight. That is so unreasonable and Victoria will not be the same without Rachelle’s brilliant portrayal of the character.

  • JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    whyyyyyy? Was it necessary?
    Team Rachelle.

  • Lea

    This totally sucks! I love Rachelle Lefevre. Summit sucks.

  • eden

    jesus, cry us a goddamn river! let me tell the public how upset i am about losing a gig!

  • Jenny

    What!?

    Rachelle, your fans love you! Wishing you the very best…screw Summit

  • VNY

    Oh, they’re replacing her with that girl from Spiderman 3…I hate when shows/movies change the characters – it totally disrupts the flow of the plot.

  • vero

    everything about Summit sucks right now (from controlling the actors i.e. their personal lives and the rushing of the production schedules, )…this is their biggest suck. I am shocked that they would let her go over something like that, continuity of actors is something that I and several other fans value highly (for ex. i would have preferred katie holmes in TDK even tho as an actress she kinda sucks). Rachelle will be sorely missed and I put the blame completely on Summit. I’m sure BDH will do a good job(no hate on her, its not her fault), but I just hate hate hate continuity changes and Victoria = Rachelle for me.

  • Jen

    She was boring as Victoria, I am okay with the change. They should replace kstew while they are at it, she is horrible as Bella.

  • yashi

    @Jen:

    U R A BITCH , DO U LIKE THAT !!! NO GOOD DONT TALK SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE U DONT KNOW

  • http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/12/04/beyonce-sings-ave-maria/#comments virginia

    that totally sucks i love rachelle! Such a wrong decision, she should be Victoria all the way !this will change Eclipse radically in a bad way

  • silentsophi

    Summit is just a terrible company all around. Man could you imagine how wonderful this franchise could be if the Harry Potter or LOTR people were in charge of it.

  • stella

    I love her!!!! Why are they re-casting???? That’s sooo annoying, now it wont be the same.

  • Mary

    She is Victoria! I can’t believe they wont let her complete the role. This other chick doenst look like she can pull off a villian! This stinks. I hate when they chance actors during productions…they should only change if someone dies! thats it!!!

  • eli

    wow that sucks major!!

  • kamilah

    @Kristen: THANK YOU!! they worked around cam’s schedule so they should do the same for rachelle. this is complete bullsh*t. rachelle IS victoria and this abrupt change of actors is so unfair. this news has really disappointed me and eclipse just wont be the same without her.

  • mime

    what a horrible decision. they should just film her scenes after she is done filming her other movie.

  • Bella

    Whose your daddy Bryce Howard? She only got the role because her daddy is big hollywood director Ron Howard, nepotism rules in Hollywood.

  • Lucas

    @mochakiss8503:
    i actually found Victoria to be a lame character in the first book and first movie. when New Moon comes out, perhaps I will change my mind.

    as for the casting change, who knows what other details could be at play. so lets not blast Summit as being just a bunch of jerks.

    and who knows, Bryce might actually do just fine. why not give her a break and wait until after she’s been a total disaster before we slam her

  • Bella

    WE WANT RACHELLE! SUMMIT IS STUPID!!!

  • aSHLEY

    I Loved the old Victoria. Such a shame. Def not a Howard fan, don’t think she can play the villain, don’t really think she can play anything but we’ll have to see.

  • Jess

    @yashi: Awwww.. it is so cute when six year olds try to type and act all grown up. Even if they are so silly and immature.

  • toni

    THAT JUST TOTALLY SUCKS!

  • Double Dragon

    I loved her as Victoria!!! And I actually thought she was one that gave really good interviews for the movie. How can they do this? What a stupid move. There is only one original Victoria and she will ALWAYS be Victoria no matter who they think they can get to replace her. The new person will never measure up because people aren’t replaceable :(

  • i agree with #23.

    Ron Howard probably insisted to let her daughter replace Victoria since it’s a good opportunity for her daughter to be known.

  • sylvia

    the twilight fans are going to freak on the new actress and summit… they better bring Rachelle back or thwy’ll see an international movement on them =P

  • You/Me

    What d*mn idiot in the movie industry makes these decisions??? They did it with the Evie part in The Mummy 3, they did it with Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, and now this!! They seriously suck, yet another movie I won’t bother paying to watch. People invest in these characters and the actors who portray them and it’s just not the same when the characters/actors are switched out like this. F*ck Hollywood, I’ll be buying my bootleg copy now and save myself some money instead of trying to be good and putting it in the hands of a-holes who don’t give a sh*t whether I, the movie-goer, am happy or not.

  • Double Dragon

    @: They should have cast her in a new role or made a new character for her. There were plenty of other openings. This is very sad. I liked her in the role and thought she played her part well. Again…people aren’t replaceable. Just because they get another actress with red hair won’t make her “Victoria”.

  • Amy

    It’s possible those ten days were crucial for location or other actor’s schedules. She committed to Twilight first, so that should have come first.

  • Double Dragon

    Her hair in this picture looks like mine did in highschool. LOL

  • Mo.mo

    This is so stupid! Besides, how would they make this Bryce girl look like Victoria if vampires CAN’T change their physical apperance? The only way they can get the REAL Victoria in Eclipse looking EXACTLY the same is to keep Rachelle. Tsk Tsk Summit.

  • Double Dragon

    I want to be honest and tell you why I did it and how I came to my decision. Not that I already hadn’t before, but the light bulb moment. It was because after that night I felt really bad that I could have missed a good opportunity. Now I don’t know if it was real or not. And in the end I know nothing serious was going to come of it. But the lightbulb went off and said…yes maybe not him….BUT the person could be here. THAT person. And what if they were and what if you really missed THEM. It was a wakeup call. It was symbolism. The actual person was not it, but stood for the person, if I could borrow the Delorean and find out, could be. And that is when I knew, as much as it hurt to miss the immediate opportunity, it would hurt worse to miss the real opportunity. Having felt that, and seen that cyrstal clearly I knew I didn’t want to miss the real opportunity.

  • Amanda

    It’s only a ten day overlap, they couldn’t wait until the end/middle of filming to let Rachelle do her part? She’s an amazing actress she would be able to pull it off >_<

  • michelle

    I feel your pain Rachelle! Summit can suck it, probably gonna lose more money when Eclipse hits theaters because fans will be disappointed with the new Victoria.

  • h

    wow. when i first heard about this i assumed rachelle was the one who wouldn’t compromise and wanted to be recast. to find that the opposite is true just shows how unbelievably stupid movie studios can be. it doesn’t matter who would be replacing rachelle…to change the face of a character in the 3rd movie is a really really dumb move. no matter how good byrce is, it will feel awkward and unnatural. summit = idiots.

  • meh

    The Summit execs are big bullies….i hope their movies bomb. Rachelle is such a sweet girl, hope she goes on to do greater things!

  • meh

    Btw, Bryce is a mediocre actor at best who gets roles because of who her dad is.

  • KENDRA

    in twilight, elisabeth reaser was shooting a tv show at the same time as production and summit worked around her schedule! same with cam! rachelle’s role would only take 10 days yet they couldnt try to work around HER schedule when they have done it for other actors. they probably just didnt want her eclipse for some reason. this is definitely a cover-up.

  • naylah
  • Scott Summers

    You’re very ignorant, #23 and #42.

  • KYLIE

    This is sooooooo STUPID!!!!!!!
    PLZ,PLZ,PLZ,PLZ,PLZ,PLZ,PLZ,PLZ SIGN THIS:
    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/Rachelle4Eclipse

  • Katie

    I am so disappointed in Summit’s decision. :( Rachelle *is* Victoria, IMO. Bryce is a fine actress, I’m sure; but to recast this role is such a misjudgment. I’m sorry, Rachelle.

  • Ricky (team victoria/rachelle)

    Victoria/rachelle was bada$$ and I fell in love with her the first time I saw twilight and I never read the books. But I’m pretty pissed off about hearing Rachelle not being in eclipse. I don’t care for the new actress replacing her even if she’s good cuz she’s not rachelle. It might sound stupid but I’m boycotting the movies and I’m not gonna be wasting my money going to go see a movie without her in it. It really truly sux and no matter wat I’m gonna be team victoria/rachelle all the way. Summit did a really bad thing by switching people its prob gonna cost them for that.

  • ashley

    aww this sucks i loved rachelle as victoria no offense but it’s not gonna be the same rachelle was the perfect victoria i loved her in twilight

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