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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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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!
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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.
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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?

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

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.

@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…

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

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

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

@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.

Reality Bites @ 07/30/2009 at 9:35 am

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.

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.

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!

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!!!!

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!!!!

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.

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 @ 07/30/2009 at 11:13 am

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

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?

Who cares….

redheads rock! @ 07/30/2009 at 12:35 pm

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

She was the best! – bbwsinglesdate.com

Who Cares @ 07/30/2009 at 1:34 pm

Summit seems really shady.

That sucks.. Rachelle rocks :(

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