Wednesday, July 29, 2009

WHAT?!?

*Spoiler Alert (for those who haven't read Eclipse)*
This just in-

-Actress Rachelle Lefevre Will Be Replaced By Howard In The Role Of Victoria

Los Angeles, CA 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."

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."

You can see this official statement on the news section of Summit's site.I also just saw over at Twicrack, that Rachelle has signed on for another role, which is probably the reason why she has chosen not to continue on with Eclipse."Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre are playing Paul Giamatti's many wives in "Barney's Version," the adaptation of the Mordecai Richler novel being directed by Richard Lewis. Robert Lantos is producing via his Serendipity Point Films."Barney's" tells the story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky (Giamatti).Lefevre will play Clara, Barney's first wife, a wild, troubled artist. Driver plays Barney's second wife, the annoyingly loquacious Mrs. "P." Miriam, Barney's third wife and true love, will be played by Pike.Principal photography starts Aug. 17 in Rome. Dustin Hoffman also is in the cast, playing Barney's father."

So if the Hollywood Reporter is accurate, and Rachelle is to begin filming her new project on 17th August, that is the scheduling conflict that is referred to in Summit's official press release. Say it ain't so! Rachelle, how could you do this us?!? It has always bothered me when a character in a series is replaced, especially a major one at that. Don't get me wrong, I think Howard will make an excellent Victoria, I just wish the actress wasn't being changed out in the middle of it all. I'm going to go cry now...

Thanks Twilight Treasury for this update.

9 comments:

RagDollVampGirl said...

O! That Sucks. I Hate When People Are Changed And They Just Want You To Make Pretend Nothing's Wrong! And Eclipse Is Such A Big Role For Victoria! O, Well. Let's Hope It Works Out All Well...

xoxo
Kaila

Cindy said...

I thought Rachelle really LOVED playing Victoria. I'm frankly shocked by this!

Anonymous said...

that's stupid because all "Victoria" is gonna do is be killed so why the heck just have another person play her?!

Kira said...

I am so disappointed. She was so great as Victoria! I always picture her as I read/re-read the books... It actually makes me really upset that she would be the one to make the decision like that...

Little Lovables said...

Rachelle always commented on how this was her dream role and she just loved it so much! I am so sad to hear this, she made an excellent Victoria and I was looking forward to see her more.

But Bryce will do good I think, but it won't be the same.

Anonymous said...

OMG!! I loved Rachelle. SHe was the Victoria i imagined when i was reading the book!!! Sooooo disapointed...

MAC said...

I am as shocked as any of you, but this is not in the middle, that would have been easier to accept if they did it for New Moon, but in Eclipse Victoria is the main villain, she is the focus of conflict in the movie, so for them to switch now is ridiculous, I think it was the directors choice and summit went along because they didn’t want to get a new director.
But I think that they need to stick to the main original cast. This could be a hype too to make sure that fans stay interested.

Anonymous said...

boooo Bring Rachelle back !!!

hoLLy said...

this just sucks. thats all i'm gonna say.