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Rachelle Lefevre Speaks Out On THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Recasting!

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Ouch! Actress Rachelle Lefevre has spoken out about yesterday's surprise announcement that Bryce Dallas Howard would be replacing her in the upcoming THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE in the role of Victoria, which Lefevre playing in both TWILIGHT & NEW MOON.

Yahoo posted segments of her official statement where she admits to being "stunned" by the sudden recasting. Summit Entertainment's press release cites a scheduling conflict for the decision. Lefevre says she was "fully committed" to returning as Victoria and that her 10 day job on BARNEY'S VERSION (with Paul Giamatti & Dustin Hoffman) wouldn't interfere with the 3 month ECLIPSE shoot.

"I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules," she says. "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."

In another surprising move, Summit issued another press release tonight that the LA Times blog The Dish Rag published. Here it is:

* 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.

I don't know... I'm told that Victoria plays a major part in the story for ECLIPSE, so is it surprising that suddenly Ron Howard's daughter, who's appeared in franchise movies such as SPIDER-MAN 3 and TERMINATOR: SALVATION snagged the part? Debate amongst yourselves!

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