As SnarkFood.com reported yesterday, gorgeous redhead Rachelle Lefevre was suddenly replaced this week as the villainous vampire Victoria in the third Twilight film. Lefevre played evil blood-sucker Victoria in the original Twilight and the forthcoming sequel New Moon. Bryce Dallas Howard, star of such films as Spider-Man 3 and The Village, will take over for Lefevre in Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight film series.
We thought the whole recasting of Victoria sounded a bit fishy, considering Lefevre was interviewing about her role in EclipseÂ just a fewÂ weeks ago. Well, turns out we werenâ€™t the only ones surprised by the sudden move â€“ so was, apparently, Rachelle Lefevre herself.
In a statement to the press, Rachelle Lefevre said she is â€œstunnedâ€ by her boot from Eclipse. Lashing out about her replacement, Lefevre said she is â€œdeeply hurt by Summitâ€™s surprising decision to move on without me.â€ Furthermore, Lefevre stated she was â€œfully committed to the Twilight sagaâ€¦ I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience.â€
As for Summit Entertainmentâ€™s claim that a â€œscheduling conflictâ€ was responsible for the recasting of Bryce Dallas Howard in the role, Lefevre doesnâ€™t get it â€“ and neither do we. Lefevre was scheduled to do a bit of filming for the indie drama Barneyâ€™s Version. But according to Lefevre, there were only 10 days that she would not be available to shoot for Eclipse. â€œNever did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap,â€ Lefevre said. â€œI was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.â€
Summit Entertainment, put on the spot by Rachelle Lefevreâ€™s vocal outrage over the loss of her role, shot back with a press statement to Access Hollywood that placed the blame solely on the actress. â€œIt was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevreâ€™s commitment to Barneyâ€™s Version, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June.â€
â€œWe feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production,â€ the statement from Summit continued. â€œWe at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevreâ€™s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the studio.â€
Weâ€™re sure that not telling your studio that you are going to be in Europe filming for someone else during the time you are supposed to be rehearsing and shooting for them is a pretty stupid move. On the other hand, Summitâ€™s statement makes them sound a lot like a spoiled teenager pissed off that their girlfriend was caught kissing somebody else on the side.