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First things first, let’s get the latest drama on Rachelle LeFevre out of the way … we’re staying out of it (neutral — Switzerland!), but here’s what both sides had to say:

* After Summit initially announced Rachelle LeFevre’s departure & that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking over the role of Victoria in Eclipse … LeFevre told her side of the story to Access Hollywood:

“I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “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.”

* Following her remarks, Summit came forward with another press release and their side of the story:

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.

Ms. Lefevre’s representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.

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.

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.  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.

Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography.  This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of 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.

The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project – which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment – makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.


* Reelz Channel has compiled comments from across the fandom regarding Rachelle departureLeFevre’s. And regardless how you feel about it, their graphics guy is pretty clever with the photoshop (see right & look closely … )

* In light of the Victoria re-casting, MTV compiled a list of 5 other franchise roles that have been re-cast over the years

* Can’t make it to TwiCon? Reelz Channel has you covered with their 360 footage, video blogs & more!

* At MTV, Jamie Bower Campbell is revealing even more details about The Twilight Saga: New Moon … including a nude scene featuring the Volturi!?

* MTV also has some footage from a surprise appearance by the Twilight cast at a Comic Con screening

* MTV also has a nice collection of photos from Comic Con

* MTV’s Hollywood Crush has some nice behind-the-scenes video from Comic Con featuring the New Moon cast

Okay, NNTers … now’s your chance to weigh-in on everything in the Twi-verse — including the recasting of Victoria. We may be staying neutral, but you can share your thoughts & feelings in the comments! (But please remember to be respectful!)


One Response

  1. I am disappointed. I thought Rachelle did a great job playing Victoria. I like having the continuity in the actors playing the same characters throughout the series. When a different actor plays a popular role in a soap opera it takes me a while to get used to the new face and I believe it detracts from the story. I just wonder if Summit didn’t have much patience and took the first opportunity to replace her with a bigger name.

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