‘Eclipse’ Trailer: How Does Bryce Dallas Howard’s Victoria Stack Up To Rachelle Lefevre’s?

It’s been almost eight months since Victoria-gate rocked the “Twilight” universe, but the “Eclipse” trailer that premiered today refuses to let it fade away. Though Bryce Dallas Howard replaced Rachelle Lefevre as the bad vampire Victoria for “Eclipse” at the end of July ’09, today was the first time we got a chance to see her in action.

Back in November when “New Moon” hit theaters, we said seeing Rachelle play out her last few moments as Victoria made the transition harder to bear. Granted, we haven’t really had a chance to see Bryce in action and there’s a possibility she might be able to pull off the character better than Rachelle did (though I am Team Rachelle all the way), but the quick scene we saw today didn’t do much to wow us.

The biggest problem we have is the look of Victoria. Bryce and Rachelle have similar enough facial structures, but the hair! Continuity is everything when you are switching actors, and the side-by-side shots you see above of the two of them as Victoria reveals a lot. Bryce’s dark red hair we can deal with, but the horrendously tight curls on that obnoxious wig do nothing for her. Plus, it looks like they gave her a little too much volumizer for that scene.

Still, the footage leading up to the reveal looks awesome. The jump from the cliff looks great, and shows a lot of promise with what director David Slade will do with all the action in this movie. Fault us for being a bit too nit-picky, but we were hoping Summit and the people on “Eclipse” would step up their A-game to try to smooth over the rocky transition of Victorias, but it (so far) feels a little too sloppy for us.

What do you think about the side-by-side of BDH and Rachelle?