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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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  • Milla

    This is so stupid! Why would Summit replace someone like that. It just ruins the movie knowing that wasn’t the original character. Stupid Summit

  • skeezy

    i think summit is stupid and the movie will suck without you. switching the cast is ridiculous.

  • Ariana


  • H.

    That’s too bad. Casting changes mid-series tend to disrupt things. She did fine with the part and it sucks that they decided to drop her for a bigger name because of a 10 day overlap. If she were a bigger name they would have never done that. Best of luck, Rachelle.

  • Lilly

    THAT SUCKS!! shame on you Summit!! How could you do that to her….we should protest.

  • lynne

    I really like BDH as an actress but, if you read the book, Victoria is depicted as “wild & catlike” which comes across so well w/Rachelle. Of course I would give BDH the benefit of the doubt that she could pull the part off but it is really a shame. Victoria is the main antagonist in Eclipse & would have been Rachelle’s time to shine. She is just a side character to the Twilight & New Moon stories.

  • Susan

    This really is BULLSHIT!! its not fair…they are going to ruin the series. i have nothing againt bryce whats-her-face, but they really shouldnt recast victoria. Ecplise is the last movie we are going to see victoria in , her part in the movie is very crucial, it’s really stupid to change the actor at that point. she has already built a character that a majority of people love.

    Just learned that Bryce howard id Ron howards kid!! wonder how she got the roll!! this really blows.

  • jenny

    Bryce only got the part because DADDY paid for it!!!!

    Daddy buy me my very own Twilight!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  • juZt_a_fAN

    This is a disaster, they are not thinking, changing Victoria will ruin everything!!! DON’T LET RACHELLE GO!!!

  • Alice

    @lakers fan in boston:

    were you born yesterday? looks like it as with the others here.

  • Alice


    lol. I agree with both changes need to be made.

  • FLO

    This is so wrong, Opie with tits is no Veronica.

  • Alice


    as if Twilight is the shit to be in, Bryce is way above the level of this movie and she’s done indie movies as well as blockbusters. She’s motherfvcking John Connor’s wife and Spiderman’s love interest for goodness sake.

  • mailey

    this girl is fugs. bryce is so much prettier. she’ll do better in the role.

  • lovey

    that’s messed up…they really did her wrong :(

  • lovey

    I love Rachelle’s hair, shes very pretty..

  • lovey

    I never noticed before, but her hair is so gorgeous…she has lion hair, i love it…

  • gwen

    is this official news??? Could they still change their minds. This is awful… I already know Rachelle as victoria…. TERRIBLE move to re cast for the third movie…TERRIBLE.

  • Bee

    ugggggh! The Saga won’t be the same anymore. You can’t just replace a character. it’s like when they were gonna replace Taylor as Jacob. You can’t! it ruins the whole thing!

  • i n f a m o u s l y c o o l

    finally a real actor. hahahahahaha.. dallas will be the only one in that movie that can actually act.

  • twilight123

    i always though rachelle looked the part, but i never liked the way she portayed the charector.
    too over-the-top stereotypical physco bitch.
    but, it was pretty shitty of them to replace her, especially in the way they did, and i’m glad she’s speaking out about it.
    i’m glad she told everyone the truth.

  • Amy

    Summit seriously suck.

    No one will play Victoria like her. She was born to play Victoria!

  • DaleMurph

    Why should I even watch Eclipse now?
    Victoria is hardly in the Eclipse book anyway.
    Bryce is the wrong backup girl. Do better Summit..
    I can think of better backup choices.

  • Lucy

    she’s the only Victoria based one what? a total of 10 min screen time and 5 line? Victoria is such a minor role, who cares.

  • evalynn

    rachelle is the perfect victoria!!
    summit just screwed themselves over like they did with the whole ‘whether taylor should play jacob’ mess…

  • h


    did you read the book? she plays a major role in the very climax of the movie in eclipse. it doesn’t matter how short/long the scene is. it’s the crux of the whole story. changing a major character like this will only make it feel awkward. bad move, summit.

  • ashleyc

    why would they cast someone new?! are they going to say in the movie that Victoria had some face transplant or something? this isn’t a soap opera where you can just cast another person for the same part.
    fans have watched twilight and have grown to love not just the character victoria, but as well the talented actress who plays her. so they’ll accommodate the main leads, Pattinson and Stewart who are also filming in between movies but not to other important actors in the movie? Summit might as well replace new actors for Bella and Edward while they’re at it!

  • steph

    team rachelle

  • kris

    So bad.
    What the f**** seriously.
    you can’t recast someone that’s already been in two movies.. it’s so stupid.. Especially if she’s only going to be in the other movie for 10 days! that’s ridiculous and a screw up on Summit’s part.
    i love rachelle! she seems really nice and i love her prescense during the interviews.
    it sucks.
    maybe Summit will see how angry some of the fans are and bring her back .
    but i can only hope

  • caroline

    noooo !! omgg why did summit changed rachelle !!! badd badd decision !! you made her feel bad as well as make the fans go mad !

  • Shari

    I love Bryce Dallas Howard, she’s gorgeous and an amazing actress but it’s a little awkward when I have to watch the same character played by two different people for no real reason =/ I’m not heartbroken over this decision, but it does suck just a little. I feel sorry for Rachelle, you could see in all her interviews that she really loves the project.

  • Arianda

    Summit should think twice before making a decision. Rachelle should still play the part, she started it. It would be pathetic not to be able to finish her final appearance on the saga.

  • GAbs

    Both parties should have a sit-down and re-negotiate. The role of Victoria should be played by Rachelle. She has been a great supporter and promoter of the movie and its cast and crew. Summit made an unwise and rash decision w/ this re-cast.
    I am certain that Bryce is a fine actress, but she will have a hard time replacing Rachelle in the hearts of fans.

  • criss

    veryy bad decision..very bad.

  • drea

    This totally sucks!!! She was the perfect Victoria! =(

  • Matrim

    While I like Rachelle Lefevre (and Bryce Dallas Howard for that matter), it is ultimately an unremarkable role in a mediocre series. I feel bad that she got screwed out of a paycheck, but I can’t help but be a little pleased that she’ll no longer be involved in the train wreck that is Twilight.

  • Stephanie

    I think its soooo stupid. I really liked Rachelle as Victoria! I have nothing against this other whats-her-name-again.. but once you put an actor out there as a character from a series.. you cant just change it on us! Summit is the worst production company ever. They cant make up their mind at all!!!!!!!!!!!! Geeeez. When they replaced C. Hardwick I was kinda happy cause I felt Twilight could have seriously lived up to the books with enough effort.. But when Taylor Lautner was almost out of the picture.. that was ridiculous!!!!! YOU CANNOT CHANGE MAIN CHARACTERS SUMMIT!! K. Stewart I wish wasnt cast in the first one at all cause she has no facial expressions and she doesnt do Bella well but it would be stupid to change her now!! KEEP RACHELLE SUMMIT BEFORE YOU MAKE ANOTHER RETARDED MOVE AND SCREW UP YOUR COMPANY!

  • unfair

    So SAD…i feel so sad for her….that’s quite UnFAIR!!…poor thing!

  • adenike

    i am so pissed the recasyed her because of a 10 day overlap. hello summit?!?!? y wud u do something so stupid arent u filming for 3 MONTHS she isnt gonna be there for 10 DAYS and she should be incognito until the end of teh movie unless ur gonna show how she created the new borns which still wouldnt be alot so thats just silly im not gonna say stupid and let u all jump me like obama and then beck coem and call me a racist (lol) so yea recast her!!! she IS victoria please dont be stu… i mean silly

  • adenike

    @mime: thats exactly what im say she is supose to be INCONITO until the end so it not exactly alot except for the fight scene which cant take up more that two wekks if that much. and its just 10 days thats wat make me angry teh most *sigh*

  • adenike

    @vero: so im not the only one who thinks summit is controlling eddy poo, jacub, abd s-stew i knew it!!! summit sucks!!

  • adenike

    @Double Dragon:
    thank u so much thats what im trying 2 say!!

  • adenike

    ah so? that doesnt make her god!!! every1 knows who rachelle is i had to google the other chick (ha i still cant remember her name….mayb its because she’s a nobody?) look we are not saying she’s not good but its not her role and she isnt the original victoria so she will never be her beacause victoria is rachelle. thats like saying the guy that replaced heith ledger in dark knight after he died is better that him which HE IS NOT!!!

  • Helen

    that SUCKS

  • nikki

    the worst actress from twilight is kristen stewart, i have tried to like her but her acting is horrible. Rob does a great job but kristen’s acting isnt intense enough

  • Victoria12

    this is the most stupidest idea ever!!! no one wants a new victoria!!! we all love RACHELLE!!!!

  • Victoria12

    this is the most stupidest idea ever!!! no one wants a new victoria!!! we all love RACHELLE!!!!

  • Quynh

    Summit is stupid and my friends tell me they would not watch Eclipse without Rachelle Lefevre

  • emmaa

    Wtf? This is such a weird move. What were the reasons behind this?

  • lizzie

    i didnt know she didnt wanna give the part away, this is sad and unfair! if i were her, i’d fight to get it back, but maybe she can’t.