Rachelle Lefevre Replaced By Bryce Dallas Howard In Third “Twilight” Movie

There’s something very fishy going on in “Twilight” land. Rachelle Lefevre, who played evil vampire Victoria in the first two flicks, has been replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (aka, Ron Howard’s daughter) in the third film, “Eclipse.” Coincidentally, the third movie is when Victoria gets the most screen time. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the film, said they recast the role due to “scheduling conflicts” with Lefevre’s much smaller indie flick, “Barney’s Version,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. But Lefevre begs to differ about the conflict.In an interview with Access Hollywood, she said, “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.” It seems that this was Summit’s way of giving Lefevre the boot.

Clearly, this was way unexpected. “I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the ‘Twilight’ audience,” said Lefevre. “This is a story, a theatrical journey, and a character that I truly love. I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me.”

“Twilight” fans are already not happy about the change. A blogger at Twilight Sisterhood said:

“I’m crying!! Literally crying!! Rachelle Lefevre is leaving the Twilight Saga and will be replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard!!! NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”

And in a poll on People.com 74 percent of voters said they believe Rachelle is the better Victoria. What do you think? [The Hollywood Reporter]