Yesterday we brought you the news that Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre was being replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of evil vampire Victoria.
Lefevre commented that she was “stunned” and “greatly saddened” by Summit Entertaniment’s decision to recast her role but Summit have hit back, revealing exactly why she was axed from the movie.
In a statement to Eonline Summit said:
“We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio,” reads a statement released by Summit late Wednesday.
“Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.”
“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 statement continued. “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.”
“Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of The Twilight Saga: 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,” Summit said.
“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 [Eclipse].”
Some canny commentators have suggested that Summit may have had other reasons for recasting the role, saying that the studio will save a few dollars by casting Howard rather than awarding Lefevre with her promised pay rise.