Bryce Dallas Howard Is Replacing Rachelle In Eclipse!

Jul 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Movie News

Ok, just got the press release from Summit.  It seems that Rachelle Lefevre will not be returning as Victoria.  Actress Bryce Dallas Howard will be taking over the role due to conflicts with Rachelle’s schedule.  What do you all think of this news?  Also seem to remember Jackson saying he has a crush on her…


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

Los Angeles – 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.”

Howard most recently starred in TERMINATOR SALVATION as Kate Connor and has been seen in SPIDER-MAN 3, LADY IN THE WATER, and THE VILLAGE.  She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading performance as an actress in the HBO film AS YOU LIKE IT.

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.

About the TWILIGHT film series
The TWILIGHT film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away.  But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together…even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires.

The action-packed, modern day vampire love story and blockbuster success the first film in the series titled TWILIGHT was released in theatres on November 21, 2008.  The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, will be released November 20, 2009.

Melissa Rosenberg wrote the scripts for all three films in The TWILIGHT film series.

About Summit Entertainment LLC
Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures.  Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product.  Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

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72 Comments to “Bryce Dallas Howard Is Replacing Rachelle In Eclipse!”

  1. aliceblack says:

    i am kinda mad at this… its only ten days in the schedule and i just HATE IT when they change who plays a character! it just confuses me, especially because i really can’t see any other person as Victoria after twilight!!!

  2. Shanise says:

    Greenlee, read the article. Very interesting.

  3. Maddy says:

    Oh come on! I hate it when they pull crap like this!

  4. Nellie says:

    Someone mentioned the wolf pack recast above and I don’t think it’s really the same thing. I know many of us were upset when a Sam and Embry were recast, but really they didn’t even play a large role in Twilight.. I don’t believe they were even credited as those characters in the credits. A recast of Victoria is a HUGE change! I have a feeling that it is going to be really hard for Bryce to win over core fans because of this. I also sort of wonder if she will be able to pull off the evil newborn leader role. She looks a little too sweet to me and nothing like what a nomad should look like. BAD move on the part of Summit!

  5. Amanda says:

    Rachelle has barely done anything yet, we havent even seen her work in New Moon. She barely had lines and just cause shes a nice person doesnt make her a good actress. Victoria is more of a presense than an actual part in the third one anyways, and Bryce Dallas Howard is an AMAZING actress and very pretty.
    People need to not get so worked up, its not like they chose Miley Cyrus or something lol. This is a very talented and expierience woman here, give her some respect.

  6. Amanda says:

    and BTW they didnt fire her, people. Its scheduling conflicts. She CHOSE to leave. So all that petitioning doesnt work, just go find something else to do.

  7. Judith Akufo says:

    Summit has to know that was wrong, replacing her without ever letting her know, then trying to downplay the whole thing, they obviously don’t understand the word compromise. From what Rachelle has said it seemed like she really wanted to continue, she said she had turned down roles with long filming schedules for this movie, she was committed.

  8. Sa'Misty says:


    This is absolute CRAP!

    Rachelle was the one actress that actually got her role perfectly in Twilight! I felt more passion from her in her few lines than Rob and Kristen.

    Plus! Movies ALWAYS lose money when they change actor/actresses.
    ex) The Mummy, George Of The Jungle and countless other movies

    F&$% this. The moment they chose to make the series in to a movies I knew they would find every way possible to screw it up!

  9. Kasha says:

    Rachelle Lefevre ‘Stunned’ Over ‘Eclipse’ RecastingAccess Hollywood – July 29, 2009 2:08 PM PDT

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Summit Entertainment announced the replacement of “Twilight Saga” star Rachelle Lefevre in the series’ third film, “Eclipse,” on Tuesday night – and fans weren’t the only ones surprised by the news — Rachelle was shocked as well!

    “I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse,'” Rachelle said in a statement to Access Hollywood.

    On Tuesday, Summit announced that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking on the role in “Eclipse,” due in May 2010.

    “I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “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 ten 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 ten 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.”

    The star concluded her statement with a regretful tone.

    “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,” she said.

    Rachelle will appear in the series’ next film, “New Moon,” due Nov. 20.

    All I can say is WTF…

  10. She’s beautiful, and I’m sure she’ll do great. . .but I loved Rachelle as Victoria. I’m sorry to say this, but that is FUCKED UP that she will no longer play her!!! Why not replace the whole cast and replace is with a stupid one, Summit. Hey, I know, how about you go and get rid of Robert and get Zac Effron while you’re at it. And hey, why not Miley Cyrus as Bella? GO SUCK IT!!!

  11. Erin says:

    I am so pissed off about this.
    And it sucks even more just because Rachelle loved the series! She was always so happy to talk about it and be a part of it..

  12. Samie says:

    i thought this would happen to one of the characters in twilight.. atleast it happend to one of the kinda ‘un-main’ characters. Though she is a main character at points, and she is main in Eclipse. But it would suck if one of the Cullen, or something like that got changed.

  13. dali says:

    why did u close the comments in the note about what rachell said abot the replacement¡?¡ buuu im so mad… i mean why didnt summit listen to us, the fans¡?¡ we are who support the movie and everything!!!

  14. Chloe says:

    Team Rachelle Lefevre. Has Summit lost there head with money again they did it before with Taylor but he got saved by as. Now we have to save her!

    Bryce Dallas is a good actress with The Village, Spider-Man 3, and Terminator Salvation and of course her famine father Ron Howard who is a Direct.

  15. leticia says:

    am i the only one enjoying this change…im elated ! 🙂

  16. Elizabeth says:

    This bites the big one. I love Rachelle. Im not happy about this. Summit is gonna make a mess of Eclipse.

  17. Laura says:

    Number 61, I’m mad too about the recasting and think Summit is out of they’re cheap minds! …But don’t use the F-bomb that is totally unnesscary, and doesn’t not offend Summit but offends the fans that use this site. Sorry about my spelling.

  18. TrendHater73 says:

    The Twilight Saga is simply a cash cow to Summit and nothing more. Bryce Howard will be fine. We got an entirely new Wolf Pack instead of just adding on to the one we had. SO, I see no point in getting angry. Its horrible what they’ve done, its horrible that this has turned into an all out battle. Its also horrible that Summit feels the need to release a press statement undermining an actress who, even in feeling hurt, still said nice things about them. She said she gives her support and they tear her down. After working in Hollywood, I lost all respect for the studios anyway. All of them are about the bottom dollar and not about quality or the fans, despite what they say. I was reminded every day of my career in film that I was worthless and meant nothing and could be replaced at the drop of a hat. Its a cruel industry and it sucks when they show their true colors.

  19. lauria says:

    I am not attached to that character at all. But from the picture of Howard they showed, she is how I pictured Alice…exactly. Maybe that actor ckick should have recognized how big this opportunity was and not tried to act like a diva and rexchedule everything for everyone. She signed the contract know what was expected of her.

  20. Twilight Fan UK(Cat) says:

    They cant just drop her like that :O Dropping her like that is mean :@ Its goin to be a mistake 🙁 its like Harry Potter with a differnet Harry instead of Daniel 😛 It wouldnt work and it will be strange 🙁 I twilight wen we all saw Rachelle we all placed her as Victoria and thought she was perfect for the job in Eclispe 🙂 but now they have gone and blown our image away and ruined the film by chosing someone eles 🙁 I just hope it doesnt ruin the film though becasue i was really looking forward to seeing Victoria (Rachelle) in full swing and really taking on the role 🙂
    This new person hasnt even got the right hair 🙁 its not long enough and is the wrong colour :S Rachelle’s hair was a perfect length and colour, thats why they chose her in the first place 😀
    What have they done 🙁 :S they cant do that 🙁 Its goin to be wrong but i just hope it doesnt put off fans and ruin the movie 🙂

  21. Tara K. says:

    Uhhh… NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our beloved original Victoria is a MUCH better fit.

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