Rachelle LeFevre is taking to her Twitter to let her fans know that she appreciates every one’s support. This is probably a very upsetting time for her right now, to have just found this out – and I hope we can continue to support Rachelle. She is a trending topic on Twitter – and I hope that Summit will see how much we will all miss her portrayal of Victoria.
“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse,’” Rachelle said in a statement 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.”
The star concluded her statement with a regretful tone.
“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,” she said.
Rachelle will appear in the series’ next film, “New Moon,” due Nov. 20.
Wow. This is really shocking. I initially thought this was her decision – I’m going to miss Rachelle. She’s a great actress and plays Victoria so well. In interviews she always seems so sweet, too.
This is a great video from Entertainment Weekly’s interview with New Moon stars Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed & Rachelle LeFevre. Looks like in the end, Kellan spills the beans on Nikki’s 3 month stay in Greece with boyfriend Paris Latsis. Oops!
So, this came as EXTREMELY shocking news, but Summit has officially announced that, due to scheduling conflicts, Rachelle LeFevre will not be continuing with her role as Victoria in Eclipse.THE TWILIGHT SAGA ADDS ACTRESS BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD TO FILM FRANCHISE
Actress Rachelle Lefevre Will Be Replaced By Howard In The Role Of Victoria
Los Angeles – July 28, 2009 – Summit Entertainment announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard will take over the role of “Victoria” in the studio’s upcoming production of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. Actress, Rachelle Lefevre, who portrayed the character in TWILIGHT as well as the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, will not continue in the role due to scheduling conflicts with another commitment the actor has made. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE will start filming in Vancouver this coming August.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third film in the studio’s TWILIGHT film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster book series, will be directed by David Slade from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. The film will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
“We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions. “Rachelle brought “Victoria” to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”
Howard most recently starred in TERMINATOR SALVATION as Kate Connor and has been seen in SPIDER-MAN 3, LADY IN THE WATER, and THE VILLAGE. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading performance as an actress in the HBO film AS YOU LIKE IT.
In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
Howard is represented by ICM and Management 360.
About the TWILIGHT film series
The TWILIGHT film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together…even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires.
The action-packed, modern day vampire love story and blockbuster success the first film in the series titled TWILIGHT was released in theatres on November 21, 2008. The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, will be released November 20, 2009.
Melissa Rosenberg wrote the scripts for all three films in The TWILIGHT film series.
About Summit Entertainment LLC
Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.
Hitfix.com has released their interview with ‘Twilight Saga’ Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg! While on the New Moon set in May – they got to ask her a bunch of in-depth questions regarding her part in the saga:
Q: Can you talk about how challenging it is, not just to write a follow-up so quickly to the first movie, but also know that you’ve got the prequel that has to be ready to go whether it’s the summer or this fall, like are you working 24 hours a day? Like do you…?
I’m working seven days a week for sure because I also write for ‘Dexter’ on Showtime.
Q: Oh, wow.
And that’s a very much a full-time job as well so when I was writing ‘New Moon’ pretty much after ‘Twilight’ wrapped so I was writing ‘Dexter’ as well, so from May of last year through to November I was doing five days a week on ‘Dexter’ and two days a week on ‘New Moon.’ My husband was thrilled, but he was a good sport and brought me snacks and things like that. And then after that I think I finished a first draft right around the time ‘Twilight’ opened.
Q: November, okay.
Maybe the second draft by then, so somewhere around November and then it was very shortly thereafter I was supposed to jump immediately to ‘Eclipse’ and as you can imagine I was pretty burnt, so I kind of dragged my feet a little bit but then finally got my juices going again and began ‘Eclipse’ right on the heels of all of it. And that’s well underway as well.
Q: So are you finished with ‘Eclipse’ or are you on a first draft or…?
Well, I’ve finished a first draft and we’re into the next re-write. David Slade just came on-board and so now we’ll begin working with him and just prepping in May I think. But yeah, it’s been a non-stop and part of it is hard for me. Energy levels is difficult but in other ways it’s a good thing to stay in the world and stay in the ‘Twilight’ consciousness, you know? It’s a little bit like TV in that way. It becomes like you’re long term franchise because you have ‘Twilight’ as your pilot and the next couple episodes, you know, there’s one and two and so it’s not something that I’m unfamiliar with. I think it maybe…that kind of [inaudible] for a television writer than it is for someone who’s used to doing, you know, one script over the course of 2 years or something like that.
Hollywood.com had the chance to catch up with New Moon’s Caius, played by Jamie Campbell Bower during a set visit. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Your character, Caius, wants Bella dead the most. How much of that will we see in the film? Jamie Campbell Bower: As in the book, the Volturri play a small but necessary part in this film. They come much more into play in the fourth film. I’m playing Caius very angry and agitated with the world, I suppose. Just glaring looks. You’ll see as much as you read in the books.
Do you think Caius is agitated because he’s the only vampire of the three who doesn’t have a power? JCB: He doesn’t have a power! He’s just pissed off about that! He’s so angry! He doesn’t like Bella because he can’t eat her. He’s not happy about that. Why is she there if he can’t eat her? What’s the point? What power would you give him, if you could? JCB: I’d give him the power of love.
Did they make you audition for the role? JCB: They did! They did make me audition. Disgraceful, isn’t it. Shocking!
♦Hollywood.com also has a detailed time line of everything that went down during their stay on the New Moon set in Vancouver. Here’s part of it:
May 7, 2009,3:04PMThe Vancouver afternoon is wet and gloomy. The peaks of the North Shore Mountains are obscured in fog. This is weather that might lure out a vampire. Or so I hope. I’m in Vancouver to find them.
Amid the gas stations, superstores and baseball fields of the industrial south side of the city is Vancouver Sound Studios. Our van rolls into the parking lot, and suddenly, I am at the epicenter of a worldwide sensation and a billion teenage (and middleage and every other age) fantasies.
This is the set of New Moon.
3:36PMOur passes for the day say “USM,” for “Untitled Sports Movie.” Seems New Moon, which has been filming here and around Vancouver since March 23, is a major covert operation.
3:37PMThe five other reporters and I are escorted onto Stage B. The soundstage is a massive warehouse filled by a nearly-as-massive set. On its outside, the structure looks like a plywood shell, but a glimpse through the door reveals an ornate marble palace very similar in appearance to a traditional Italian cathedral. I have entered the Volturri lair.
3:40PMA bank of monitors display what New Moon director Chris Weitz is filming on the other side of the wall. Onscreen now are Dakota Fanning and Cameron Bright, both TwilightSaga newbies, sporting deathly pallors and red contact lenses. The pretty woman with the long glossy hair sitting to my right is Stephenie Meyer. The only way I could get closer to central command of the Twilight universe would be to climb on her lap and ask her to tell me a story.
3:45PMMichael Sheen, as the Volturi leader Aro, taunts Edward on the other side of wall. The scene goes like this:
Aro: “Let’s see if she’s immune to all of us, shall we Jane.”
[Cut to Dakota. Her black-rimmed red-centered eyes coordinate with her evil little smirk. Sinister. Whoever she’s directing her gaze towards — presumably Bella — is in for a world of hurt. Jane’s power is the ability to inflict pain.]
These are some amazing photos of the Vampire Baseball game, which took place this weekend in Portland.
New Moon stars Edi Gathegi, Peter Facinelli, Alex Meraz, Rachelle LeFevre, Kiowa Gordon, Christian Serratos and Mike Welch all seemed to be having an aamzing time, while supporting the Make-A-Wish charity! I completely L-L-Love this cast! Such good, down to earth people
These Entertainment Weekly outtakes, which were taken last year of the cast of Twilight, are breathtaking! Huge thanks to Lion & Lamb Love for these! Check out their site for more! I’m going to go try and catch my breath now