The war of words between fired [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] actress [movieperson id="326693"]Rachelle Lefevre[/movieperson] and studio Summit Entertainment continued to escalate Wednesday evening, barely 24 hours after she was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard. Returning fire just a few hours after the "Twilight" and "New Moon" actress issued an angry statement about her dismissal, Summit once again reinforced its side of the increasingly contentious story.
"We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre's recent comments, which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the studio," explained the tersely worded statement. "Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the studio to set the record straight and correct the facts."
The statement then went on to contradict several of Lefevre's arguments, complete with bullet points.
"Ms. Lefevre's representatives were advised as early as April that 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' was expected to start shooting in early August," the statement said about the third film, which will no longer feature her as revenge-minded vampire Victoria.
"If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes, 'passionate' about being part of the 'Twilight' saga, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' " it also says, making reference to Lefevre's decision to shoot the Dustin Hoffman film "Barney's Version," a film she claims would have only created 10 days of interference that she assumed could be worked out between the two parties.
"It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre's commitment to 'Barney's Version,' a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June," the studio insisted. "Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.
"Furthermore," the statement reads, "Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least 10 days of ['Eclipse']'s principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production."
Finally, Summit's statement goes on to address her claim directly, saying that it was a decision necessary for the good of the "Twilight" cast and crew. "Contrary to Ms. Lefevre's statement, it is simply untrue that the studio dismissed her over a 10-day overlap," it reads. "It is not about a 10-day overlap, but instead about the fact that 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story."
The film, to be directed by David Slade, is scheduled to begin shooting next month, with Bryce Dallas Howard now scheduled to take over the key role of Victoria. "The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre's commitment to the other project — which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment — makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' "
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