Summit Entertainment has replaced Rachelle Lefevre in the third twilight movie: Eclipse. Rachelle Lefevre played the role of a bloodthirsty vampire in the popular movie and book ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer.
The news is not only shocking to all the twilight fans but to Rachelle Lefevre as well. Lefevre expressed her shock in this released statement “I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse’”. In another released statement Lefevre says “I was fully commited to the ‘Twilight’ saga and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film oppotunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.” Lefevre had to film another movie for only 10 short days and said in another statement that “Although the production schedule for Eclipse is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those 10 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.”
Summit Entertainment released their own statements regarding what Lefevre said. Summit said that they told Lefevre about the start date for ‘Eclipse’ in April, and that Lefevre accepted the role in ‘Barney’s Version’ in June but failed to inform Summit until July 21. Summit also has this to say: “We 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…. Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story”
Apparently the role she accepted was not short enough for Summit Entertainment. Summit has given the role of ‘Victoria’ in ‘Eclipse’ to Bryce Dallas Howard. Hopefully Howard will be able to portray Victoria as well as Lefevre did.
The movie ‘New Moon’ is due in theatres in November 2009
The release date for ‘Eclipse’ is June 2010