Rachelle Lefevre Responds To Her Recasting In ‘Eclipse': ‘I Was Stunned By Summit’s Decision’

By now you’ve likely heard that Bryce Dallas Howard is replacing Rachelle Lefevre as vampire Victoria in the third Twilight Saga film “Eclipse,” due to scheduling conflicts with her indie movie “Barney’s Version.” But what wasn’t clear from Summit’s press release was that Rachelle did not want to say goodbye to the saga.

In the statement released yesterday, the studio said “Actress, ?Rachelle Lefevre will not continue ?in the role due to scheduling conflicts with another commitment the ?actor has made.”

Apparently, that wasn’t the full story, according to Rachelle, who just released her own statement on the matter. Read the full release after the jump.

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ’Eclipse.’ I was fully committed to the ’Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. 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. 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.”

The actress also took to Twitter and wrote, “Thank you for all your support!! I love you guys. My full statement is available for viewing at www.accesshollywood.com.”

We’re not quite sure what else will come in this developing story, but until more information is revealed, share your opinions on Rachelle’s recasting in the comments section below and check out what other fans — who we caught waiting in line for today’s “Alexa Chung” show — had to say about whether or not replacing Rachelle with Bryce was a good move for the future of the “Twilight” movies