They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and as millions of fans have seen, the vampire Victoria was none too pleased with the way the events of "Twilight" played out. Now, life seems to be imitating art, as actress [movieperson id="326693"]Rachelle Lefevre[/movieperson] is angrily speaking out about being fired from the film franchise.
"I was stunned by Summit's decision to recast the role of Victoria for 'Eclipse,' " the actress said in a statement released Wednesday (July 29), barely 24 hours after Summit Entertainment announced that "Lady in the Water" star Bryce Dallas Howard would be replacing Lefevre for the soon-to-shoot third film, citing "scheduling conflicts with another commitment the actor has made."
"I was fully committed to the 'Twilight' saga and to the portrayal of Victoria," the 30-year-old actress insisted in her statement, citing a very different version of the events. "I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules."
The source of contention for Lefevre, who recently wrapped her second performance as Victoria for this November's [movie id="414921"]"New Moon,"[/movie] appears to be her small role in a Dustin Hoffman/ Paul Giamatti drama called "Barney's Version."
"My commitment to 'Barney's Version' is only 10 days," Lefevre explained. "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 10 days and would not accommodate me."
Although Lefevre — who has made numerous appearances at fan events over the past year and has proven to be a fan favorite — knew "Barney" would necessitate some maneuvering, the actress said she was shocked to learn that Summit would rather move on without her.
"Given the length of filming for 'Eclipse,' never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap," she explained. "I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part."
Now, Lefevre won't be able to finish her arc as the revenge-minded vampire, and fans will need to get used to a different face in the role — along with the knowledge while watching "New Moon" in a few months that Lefevre is being replaced. "I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the 'Twilight' audience," she said. "This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate."
In closing, Lefevre had warm wishes for her fans and co-stars — if not the studio. "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," she said. "I wish the cast and crew of 'Eclipse' only the very best."
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