Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre has found herself replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the third installment of the franchise, but the he-said she-said about why she was replaced threatens to be more entertaining than the movie itself could possibly be.
Variety reports on the arguments over just why Lefevre won't be playing vamp Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third movie in Summit Entertainment's trilogy. For her part, Lefevre puts he blame on an uncooperative studio not allowing her to work on another movie:
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 [Canadian indie movie] Barney's Version is only 10 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 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. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.
Summit immediately put out a press release that was pretty much "Everything she said? Forget it.":
We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre's recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio. Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts... If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes "passionate," about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.
Currently, the fans seem to be siding with Lefevre's take on the situation (for which she feels incredibly blessed), but we're waiting to see if that bond will survive the release of New Moon - or the possibility that Howard could just plain be better in the role.