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Civil war seems to have broken out at Summit Entertainment, or at the least a minor skirmish between the studio and one of their former Twilight actors. Yesterday here we told you that Bryce Dallas Howard was being brought in to replace actress Rachelle Lefevre in the third Twilight movie Eclipse. Rachel had already played the vampiress Victoria in Twilight and will appear as the character in The Twilight Saga New Moon.
Alright, no big deal. This sort of thing happens all the time with any franchise. Lefevre spoke out about the casting change and her response however, seemed a little strange. She told Access Hollywood she was “stunned” by the decision and that she “was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga” and that doing so cost her other film opportunities. In fact she claimed that outside of Twilight she “only accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.” She says those roles were behind Summit’s decision: "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.”
Her response was slightly odd, yet mostly gracious and kind to fans and the franchise in general. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but hold on, because here’s where the whole thing starts to get a little high school. Tonight Summit Entertainment sent us an official response to Lefevre’s comments. What’s a multi-million dollar movie studio doing responding to the random goodbye comments of an actress no longer in their employ? I'm not sure, but below is the full, official, Summit response. It's exactly as they sent it to me through their PR representatives. I’ve added no commentary, made no alterations.
We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio. Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.
There you have it. What was a simple recasting is now an all out, cafeteria food fight. I’m not a Twilight fan and I don’t have a dog in this fight, but it’s hard not to feel at least a little sorry for Lefevre, sure from now on to be the subject of eternally vigilant Twilight fangirl scorn.