29 Jul 2009
After playing the role of Victoria in Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Rachelle Lefevre was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.
Summit announced due to "scheduling conflicts" Rachelle Lefevre wont come back for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third installment in Twilight series.
Lefevre signed to do an indie movie called Barney's Version and that made summit to dump her. but according to her this indie movie only takes 10 days to shoot and summit could accommodate her so she could come back for the Eclipse. but there were also rumors flying around that she took a hefty paycheck for the third installment and this gives an excuse to summit to replace her and save some money!
This is Lefevre's statement sent to Entertainment Weekly to let people hear her side of sotry:
"I was stunned by Summit's decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. 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 Barney's Version is only ten 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 ten 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. I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I've received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit's surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of Eclipse only the very best."