When I first heard that Bryce Dallas Howard was joining the cast of the third Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I didn’t give the story much more than a passing glance. I just assumed she would be playing a new character that is introduced in the film, and what with her being a hot, in-demand actress right now, it all seemed to make sense. But apparently there’s a bigger story going on here, and one that has caused a lot of outrage among the Twihards. It seems that Howard will be taking over the role of Victoria, who was played by Rachelle Lefevre in the first two films.
So why is Lefevre not returning? Well, the official reason is “scheduling conflicts”, but the truth is a little more complicated. Lefevre accepted a role in a small film called Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, which required her to commit 10 days for shooting. It turns out those days conflicted with the three-month schedule for Eclipse, and Summit Entertainment decided that rather than try to accommodate her, they would simply replace her — with a bigger name actress. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. I’m not entirely sure who’s in the wrong here, but it does look bad for Summit. The thing is, when you’re an up-and-coming actress, you don’t want to turn down roles, and with the rate that they are churning out Twilight movies, they aren’t leaving much time for the cast to do other projects. Then again, I’m sure they have no problem working around Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s schedules. What do you think, is this a total dick move or did Lefevre have it coming? Will the fans still be able to save her role?