Not all of the original cast will be showing up for Eclipse, the third installment of the mega-hit Twilight film series. No worries though, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will all be there for your drooling pleasure. But it turns out fiery redhead Rachelle Lefevre wonâ€™t be returning as naughty vampire Victoria in Eclipse. Instead, the part of the evil blood-sucker will be played by Bryce Dallas Howard.
Rachelle Lefevre played vampire Victoria in both Twilight and the forthcoming New Moon films, but apparently had a conflict with Eclipseâ€™s shooting schedule. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lefevre gave up the third Twilight film to do an indie drama with Dustin Hoffman called Barneyâ€™s Version.
Yeah, somehow we just donâ€™t think that was probably the wisest career move. Barneyâ€™s Version sounds like a straight-to-DVD title if Iâ€™ve ever heard one. And Eclipse really has the best bits for Victoria of all the films. Somehow we have to wonder if maybe Miss Lefevre was sniffing for a bit more moolah and got a smack-down? It seems especially odd since Lefevre was doing press for Eclipse just a few weeks ago. In an interview with the London Free Press, Lefevre notably said about the switch of directors for Eclipse: â€œThe [Harry] Potter kids went through a director shift and they were OK, so weâ€™ll be OK, too.â€
Note the usage of the phrase, â€œweâ€™ll be OKâ€ â€“ as in just a few weeks ago, Rachelle Lefevre seemed pretty sure sheâ€™d be on set for the filming of Eclipse.
Oh well. Rachel Lefevre certainly made a tasty Victoria and itâ€™s usually never a good move to replace a significant cast member halfway through a series. But then again, Bryce Dallas Howard is not bad eye-candy either. But Twilight fans are a rabid bunch â€“ and weâ€™re thinking there are going to be a lot of folks out there a bit displeased by the switch.