Jackson Rathbone and Peter Facinelli Discuss Rachelle Lefevre’s ‘Eclipse’ Ouster

Over the weekend at Twi-Con, Twilight stars Jackson Rathbone and Peter Facinelli offered their warm thoughts about Rachelle Lefevre, who’s being replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of Victoria for Twilight sequel Eclipse, which begins filming in Vancouver this month.

Quizzed on the departure of Lefevre, Rathbone noted, “Rachelle’s a dear friend; we’re gonna miss her terribly,” adding that Lefevre is “an amazing actress and an amazing woman.”

Asked whether he would want to collaborate with her in the future, Rathbone asserted, “I would love to work with Rachelle again.”

Check out video of Rathbone talking about Lefevre below:

Facinelli, meanwhile, seemed willing to make nice with new castmate Howard, even as he acknowledged that he’s “deeply saddened” by Lefevre’s exit from the movie series.

“I love [Lefevre] like a sister; it deeply saddens me,” Facinelli offered, reports MTV.com. “But you know, the show must go on. We’re going to embrace Bryce Dallas Howard—and I hope that the fans do, too.”

That’s probably easier said than done.

Tell us in the comments section: Will you be able to overlook Rachelle Lefevre’s ousting and embrace Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of Victoria?