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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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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

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

NOOOOOO WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHIN MAKE A PETITION…SOMETHING!!!!!! EVERYONE WRITE A LETTER TO SUMMIT ENTERTANMENT COMPLAINING OR SOMETHIN!! :(

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

juZt_a_fAN @ 07/29/2009 at 10:14 pm

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

@lakers fan in boston:

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

@Jen:

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

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

@jenny:

as if Twilight is the **** 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.

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

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

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

I never noticed before, but her hair is so gorgeous…she has lion hair, i love it…
http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/arts/photos/2008/10/31/rachelle-lefevre-250.jpg

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.

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 @ 07/29/2009 at 10:52 pm

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

twilight123 @ 07/29/2009 at 11:00 pm

i always though rachelle looked the part, but i never liked the way she portayed the charector.
too over-the-top stereotypical physco *****.
but, it was pretty ****** 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.

Summit seriously suck.

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

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.

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.

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

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