Rachelle Lefevre: “Stunned” and “Saddened” By Replacement News

By: Betsy Waldman / July 29, 2009

Twi-hards were absolutely stunned to hear the sudden and shocking news about Rachelle Lefevre’s departure from the upcoming Twilight sequel Eclipse.

Late last night, Summit Entertainment anounced that Lefevre would be replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard as Vampire Victoria in the third film, which starts filming in August.

Now, Lefevre has given a statement to E! expressing her dissapoinment over what really happened:

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. 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 10 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 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. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.

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.”

Make sure you check out our gallery of Bryce Dallas Howard pics and tell us in the comments: Are you upset about what happened?