Summit Entertainment Statement Regarding Victoria Recasting for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Twilight Lexicon has received a statement from Summit Entertainment concerning the recasting of Victoria in the third Twilight Saga film Eclipse. After Summit’s Press Release on July 28th that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking over the role of Victoria in Eclipse several speculations and statements have been made about the issue, including the statements from Rachelle Lefevre herself. Below is a segment of the statement from Summit, you can read the full article at TwilightLexicon.com.
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.
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.
Edit: YAHOO! Movie News and Gossip also has an article up about the Victoria recasting issue.