Recast For The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The fangs come off and the claws come out
Shocking news for Twilighters!

Rachelle Lefevre who plays Victoria in Twilight, New Moon has been cut from Eclipse (which sadly she has her biggest part in) she will be replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation). This news will no doubt shock and anger fans that would have wanted a consistent line up of stars for the saga.

Here is how it all went down according to uk.eonline.com it makes for some interesting reading.
Earlier today, the deposed Rachelle Lefevre revealed that she was “stunned” and “greatly saddened” by Summit Entertaniment’s decision to recast Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of villainous Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
And now Summit has fired back, saying the Canadian actress failed to inform the studio until July 20 that she was planning to be in Europe shooting an indie film when the Twilight gang was convening for rehearsals.
“We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio,” reads a statement released by Summit late Wednesday.
“Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.”
“It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to Barney’s Version, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June,” the statement continued. “Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. 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.”
Lefevre, who appears in the second installment of the franchise, New Moon, said today that she only needed 10 days off to work on Barney’s Version.
“Never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap,” she said.
Believe us, neither did Twilight fans, who, despite Howard’s decent thespian pedigree (not to mention her pale visage and fiery red hair) are up in arms over the casting switcheroo. And, sure enough, there’s an online petition to get Lefevre reinstated.But Summit maintains that Lefevre left ’em high and dry in their hour of need. Or was going to, anyway
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What are your opinions on the cast change half way through the saga?



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    Trevor Smith 1st August 2009

    Although i’ve seen the original, i’m not a Twilight fan so my opnion is just based on the actors…and Bryce Dallas Howard i think you’ll find is a more accomplished actress and is even more pale so she definetely has the ‘look’ for the movie.

    Saying that the role may suit Rachel Lefevre better.

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    Anonymous 2nd August 2009

    Annoys me slightly when things like this happens.
    Terrence Howard and Iron Man.
    This.

    Why?

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    JayB 2nd August 2009

    As a Twilight fan, I’m pretty miffed off about this. Yes Bryce is a very good actress and has more acting chops than Lefevre, but I hate it when they change actors in franchises. And I think she was fine in the role, as small as it was. Just seemed like Summit wanted the smallest opening to get rid of her and bring in a bigger named actress.

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    Bex 2nd August 2009

    I agree with JayB i really hate it when they change a line up of a franchise especially one that has such a huge fan base and the audience see that person as the character. I think i will reserve my judgment untill i see Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria but i still think Summit should have kept on Rachel.

    JayB theres a couple more New Moon clips on youtube that fans took at Comic-Con if you havent checked them out if you get past the screaming there pretty good.

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    JayB 7th August 2009

    Yeah I seen the clips when they came out. They just added to my excitement really. I get alot of stick for being a fan of the books and the film/films, but screw them. The full length trailer comes out on the 12th I believe. Should be epic, hope they show the wolf pack and the volturi.

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    Anonymous 7th August 2009

    I’ve not read the books, are any worth the massive read?

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    Bex 8th August 2009

    Bring on the 12th, the books are so much better than im not sure on New Moon though im more Team Edward lol, is breaking dawn going to be two films the book is huge? im really looking foward to seeing what they do with the Volturi but i hope im not to dissapointed with the wolf pack i guess i will have to see im hoping to pay a trip to the imax when its out lol

    As for reading the books i might never have stumbled upon them if they hadnt made a film, but i couldnt put them down and have read them a good few times so i recomend them if your a fan of Twilight i dont think you will be dissapointmed even though some of them are big books you wont notice when you get caught up in the story.

    hope that helps

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    Anonymous 8th August 2009

    Thank you for your comment Bex.
    Thank u

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    JayB 9th August 2009

    Yes, the books are a 100% yes if you’re a twilight film fan. Maybe also check out Midnight Sun on the the authors website, its the story of Twilight from Edwards point of view (although its only half the book)
    I have read they are splitting Breaking Dawn into two films, will be interesting to see how they tackle it. It is a beast of a book and the ending will hold questions for me.
    I’m Team Edward also, but I do like Jacob, I see alot of myself in him.
    Only a few days to go till the full trailer, cant wait. Oh and I read that Michael Sheen has been doing lots of development on the voice for Aro, so no idea what he’s gonna sound like.

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    Anonymous 9th August 2009

    JACOB ALL THE WAY!!!!

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