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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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  • rossy40

    nstead of moaning over this situation… MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD! BOYCOTT the film, or better yet, start a petition drive to bring Rachelle back for “Eclipse”. Ther’s time to due it since it doesn’t start filming until next year, right? So, get to work!
    -
    Word it like this… “We, the undersigned, are hereby protesting the sudden and unfavorable replacement of Rachelle Lefevre in place of {Bryce Dallas Howard}. We are therefore Making a point NOT to attend the movie, ‘Eclipse’ when it is released.”… Or words to that effect.
    -
    It worked for other shows &/or bringing back actors’ who were fired/released from their contracts & later replaced. TV & movie-land. Try it… What can it hurt?

  • unfair

    that’s not fair! we want Rachelle back :((

  • Amy

    There may only be ten days of conflict, but those ten days may be the only days they could get on a specific location. Also another actor who is more important (Rob or Kristen) may have conflicts which mean they have to shoot scenes with Victoria on one or more of those days. She signed on for another movie after already being committed to Eclipse. It’s her own fault if they had to replace her and going public trying to make them look like the bad guys just makes her unprofessional.

  • Pete

    @Amy

    All actors sign for different offers.
    Johnny Depp has 17 movies in process.

    No one films one movie, signs another, and then signs the next only after the other is done.

    Filming a movie takes a lot more work (and time) than you seem to think.

    There’s the script writing, location scouting, casting, make up artists, finden the right directors of photography and companies, financing and so on…

  • blah

    Never watched the teenie Twilight movie, but I have seen Rachelle in another film. She is beautiful and i think the new actress will not compare to her. JMO

  • wkyee

    Summit Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LINDS

    WHAT! I thought there wolld be a more reasonable cause for her not being in Eclipse, but this is unexcusable!

  • Amy

    @Lucy: Looks like you don’t know the book at all. The final fight between Edward and Victoria is very important, and not short whatsoever.

  • elle

    @silentsophi:
    so so agreed!!

  • Reality Bites

    Come on teenie boppers.

    Ron Howard has not paid to get his daughter into anything. And I would bet they had to pay Bryce more than some unknown actress with only Twilight and New Moon on her dance card.

    In fact, I am amazed the Bryce was even willing to take the role and deal with rabid ridiculous fans. Much worse than the comic geeks involved with Spiderman.

    You may not like the decision but the studios do things for their own reason.. if they saw the threat of even the slightest delay to their schedule then the extra cost of casting a known actress like Bryce (The Village, Lady in the Water, Spiderman3 and Terminator Salvation) out weighted the cost of pushing their schedule to make room for Rachelle’s indie flick.

  • N

    I HATE SUMMIT!!

  • N

    I HATE SUMMIT!!

  • Kevin

    Wow. Reading the majority of these comments is so incredibly painful to the rational part of my brain. The part of Victoria was a bit role with no more than a few lines in Twilight, but to listen to the mewling taking place here, you would assume they recast one of the central roles over the span of the entire series. Rather than that, Summit has removed a no name actress and replaced her with someone better known, virtually the definition of a casting company’s job. Some of you may not like Howard, though based on what I’m reading, your principle problem seems to be that she isn’t a member of the original cast and that (since apparently a lot of you are Hollywood insiders with excellent information) you actually believe Howard was awarded a role in Twilight because of her father. For those of you who have functional brains with the ability to reason, I don’t think I even need to point out the severity of the flaws in this argument. Also, a number of you have commented that Summit is being inconsiderate about recasting her because of the ten days she is unavailable for filming. Rachelle’s personal statement in regards to that issue reveals virtually everything that you need to know, which is that she is a small time actress who does not understand the role of professional obligation. She has no grasp of the concept that she is contractually obligated to be available all through filming on Eclipse because
    1) She is a supporting character, and her schedule is molded around those actors who play major roles in the films. Producers DO NOT bend over backwards and rework the sequence of scenes which they intend to film because a “D” List supporting actress is in violation of her contract, they tell her to hit the road.
    2) Similar to working around the stars schedules, Rachelle’s contract violation that causes her to miss 10 days of filming (By the way, thats huge, a lot of people seem to think its insignificant) may take place when the crew has limited access to certain locations to shoot scenes in which Rachelle is supposed to be a part of.
    3) As previously stated, the purpose of signing a contract guaranteeing your availability for filming (the very thing which allows Summit to terminate Rachelle without repercussion) is to demonstrate responsibility on the part of the actor, to the film and to other members of the crew. On an important project like a multi-movie production like Twilight, it is unprofessional to take on a conflicting obligation, particularly when you are in a supporting role. I could go on and on, but the bottom line that a lot of people need to accept is that Rachelle is a complete unknown who brings nothing to the movie (except continuity, and believe me that I am a huge stickler for that as well. Someone previously mentioned how they didnt like Katie Holmes but they still wanted her in the dark knight because they hated having a new character in such an important role. I felt the same way, but again, the part of katie holmes / maggie gylenhaal was a starring role). Summit did exactly the same thing that virtually any other company would have done, recasting someone that probably 98% of people who have not read the above article have no idea ever even played Victoria in the Twilight movie.

  • Kathy

    Rachelle is Victoria.

    I’ve seen Ms. Howard’s acting and while it may be ok to some, I don’t think she can pull this part off, especially as it’s already an established part and Rachelle has been Victoria in Twilight & reprises her role in New Moon.

    Surely Summit could have worked around this conflict better to everyone’s satisfaction, including the many of fans that made Twilight a box office success.

    Bring back Rachelle!

  • natt

    WTH. Ok Summit sucks biggest time. Only Rachelle Lefevre can be Victoria damn it!!! Gosh a part of me is already hating Summit Entertainment and Eclipse! Bullshyte man! GET LOST BYRCE AND SUMMIT!!!!

  • natt

    WTH. Ok Summit sucks biggest time. Only Rachelle Lefevre can be Victoria damn it!!! Gosh a part of me is already hating Summit Entertainment and Eclipse! Bullshyte man! GET LOST BYRCE AND SUMMIT!!!!

  • Lucy

    I find it difficult to believe that summit could not have found a way to accomodate the schedules of both films. They are supposed to be proffessionals. It is so annoying when movies change characters like that. Twilight is a series and it makes it look less proffessional when their are character changes. I wish the fans had more input in this decision. After all, we are the ones that go to see the movie.

  • mena

    yeah, Bryce’s daddy ( Ron Howard ) probably helped her. His lil girl must have everythuing she wants. Nobody cares that she’s a lousy actress. Daddy’s got her back…

  • rick springfield

    Rachelle Lefevre is a horrible, flat, boring “actress”. She’s just a pile of hair and tits.

  • Nikki

    I was impressed with her acting abilities in The Village, I think she could do a great job. On the other hand, I think Rachelle Lafevre did a great job, also; it is sad she will be gone. It’s hard to adjust actors/actresses changing in a saga like that. I mean, what if they just switched up who was playing Princess Leia?

  • Cuzron176

    Who cares….

  • redheads rock!

    How did they come up with BDH???? Of all the talented actors they chose this one? Of all the beautiful redheads they choose the one that looks like Opie?? I don’t get it! Boo on you Summit, I hope this twilight sucks

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    She was the best! – bbwsinglesdate.com

  • Who Cares

    Summit seems really shady.

  • k.

    That sucks.. Rachelle rocks :(

  • http://www.justjared.com adenike

    @Reality Bites:

    ahm what? i didnt even know that her name was brice? or w/e it is all i know is that she was the chick in spiderman, she was in terminator as who? i had to check all these things out wen i heard that she was in the others i only know her from spiderman thats it!!! she isnt that big beacuse…………… i dont even know her name i wouldnt know she existed unless summit didnt become an asshole i have known rachelle for liek what 4 years mayb more and im just hearing about the role stealing wrench (i have nothing against her but she is not victoria material

  • http://www.justjared.com adenike

    @Kevin:

    ahm my friend ur reason number 2 and 3 are bullshit!!! oh sorry im being rude. hello!!!! rob was filming two movies during new moon yea yea yea he’s bearly in it but i love him dont get me wrong but its teh same here and summit did not say that those ten days she was supose to be shooting i read the thing and they did not say that so that total bs and actors can be doing more than one movie eg. rob-oatz and have u read eclipse she is a huge part of that book not a supporting role as u put it she is one of teh main roles in eclipse so pick up the book and read!!!!

  • dee

    Summit does it again, first trying to get rid of Taylor Lautner and now they are doing it with Rachelle. Greedy, Stingy, unsensitive to the fans feelings as always. Get over yourselves and keep Rachelle.

  • Horrible.

    an absolutely horrific decision. Summit must have lost their minds. Howard is terrible and ugly, and to push out the real actress is insane. i’m sure little miss famous director’s daughter bought out her part. twilight was cool because they used real young actors who were fresh and interesting. now they’re selling every part out to whatever big name with zero regard for the fans or the original actors. this is about the last straw and i think the franchise is going to blow now. better hurry and replace rob & kristen w/ gwneth paltrow and eddie murphy or something!!

  • to #113

    btw #113 with the long post..
    i am an actor myself and you clearly know nothing about the industry. this girl got this part and all her other roles BECAUSE OF HER FATHER. this is why no one knew can break into show biz because it is entirely based on who your parents are. a “legacy” as we call them.. daddy’s power and money = an acting career no matter what. just like Paris Hilton.
    it would not be unusual for any production to move a schedule to respect actors commitments. and how is she a bit part? the ENTIRE third movie is about Victoria. what a ridiculous know it all, who knows nothing.

  • Krizia

    THATS HORRIBLE
    SHE WAS AMAZING AT THAT ROLE, LIKE WHEN SHE DID THAT ENDING OF TWILIGHT WHERE SHE WALKS DOWN THOOSE STAIRS WOW HOW CAN SHE BE REPLACED! BAD MOVE I HOPE THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS

  • http://cloclo claudine morais

    non non non non et non . En aucun cas personne va être capable de jouer se rôle et elle est la meilleur qu on peut dire , je suis fière de notre québecoise sa prouve que on n est capable de monté sur les studio des États Unis. bravo a toi ma belle tu es une fierté de notre pays comme Céline Dion . Je suis de Laval alors continu je t’aime très fort et dit bon tournage à toute l Équipe salut a tous.

  • natalie

    REPLACE BELLA!!! Kristen Stewart is one of the all time worst actresses I have ever seen. Why doesn’t anyone else see that? Seriously, she is abysmal.

  • Anna

    Are people stupid or what? ‘Ron Howard probably insisted to let her daughter replace Victoria since it’s a good opportunity for her daughter to be known.’ – Uh, Bryce Dallas Howard is far more well known for her acting than Rachelle Lefevre.

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    ok:_09)

  • Gerard Gibney

    Come on, she played the role from the start it’s hers, nepotism is disgusting. Ritchie’s a c@nt!!!! Howard and Marianne would have been ashamed but that was just a fantasy unfortunately wasn’t it?

  • Gerard Gibney

    Me thinks Kevin doth protest too much!!!

  • teamrachelleforever!

    Rachelle IS Vittoria!!!
    Bryce Dallas is sooo not meant for her!!
    Many ppl are not going to watch eclipse then! She’s not scary at all!
    Whenevr she tries to glare or do an evil smile it turns out to be a too sweet cute smile ugh
    I feel sooo sorry for rachellle!
    i feel sorry bryce dallass howard cuz now ppl hate her so much cuz shes the replacement i mean they some websites say she’s a hate target

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