Twi-Hards were in distress yesterday, not over Robert Pattinson for a change, but because Rachelle Lefevre was coldheartedly booted out of the saga and replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.

Poor Bryce.

You know how crazy those losers can get. Hopefully they won’t hate on her too hard. It’s not her fault.

Whose fault is it?

Rachelle says she was blindsided by Summit’s decision to recast due to scheduling conflicts after she committed to a 10 day shoot for Barney’s Version. In an emotional statement released yesterday, Rachelle explained:

“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.”

Needless to say, she made Summit look like assholes.

So they put on their sucky pants and decided to snap back claiming they’re going the low classy he said/she said route because she’s given them no choice:

We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio. Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.
- Ms. Lefevre’s representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.
- 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 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. 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 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.
- Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten 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 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.

Yeah so basically they’re accusing her of breaking her contract.

Who do you believe? Many seem to agree that Rachelle’s representation may have f-cked up. And already there are rumours coming out of production that it wasn’t simply the shoot time that was affected but also the training time. My sources tell me that there was a dispute over how early she’d be required to start prep work on her stunts (2 weeks), and that her people were allegedly being difficult and demanding a stunt double.

That however could totally be studio spin in their ongoing effort to discredit her. And it doesn’t change the fact that Rachelle, from the beginning of the Twilight madness, has always been a team player, and has always appeared to be fully engaged in the process, and would likely, if properly informed of what it would cost her, would have stood in line obediently. It also doesn’t excuse Summit’s inflexibility and coldhearted and compassionless attack on an actress who has suddenly found herself in need of redirection as the role for which she became known has now been taken away from her.

They’re f-cking with her career. They’re publicly accusing her of breach of contract. They’re telling the entire industry that she double dealt and that she – in their eyes – is untrustworthy.

Too harsh, non?

What does Summit have to lose from a hurt and humiliated actress releasing an emotionally charged statement?

Will Twilight fans turn away and boycott the movie? F-ck no. THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. So Summit’s bottom line is safe. They’re still making money. LOTS of money. The same amount of money they would have stood to make 3 days ago before this erupted. If it’s reputation they insist they’re trying to preserve, well they already fired one director because they were too cheap to produce a film the way she envisioned it (which is why the first movie is so embarrassingly BUDGET), and they supposedly cut corners on Pattinson’s security in New York, and it’s Hollywood anyway where trust and honesty aren’t exactly attributes that you trade on so, really, reputation never seemed like it’s been an issue before, why start now?

Beating down on Rachelle Lefevre the way they did, when all she wants is to be part of the story, and not get kicked out of the cool kid’s club and treated like an outcast, was pretty cutthroat. And really petty. And totally overkill. Right?

As for what’s next for Rachelle – here’s the good news: all this was over a movie with Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. So she’ll get to act. With real actors. And she’s a 30 year old actor who’s now getting a chance to act with the best. Let’s face it – whatever Twilight is, it’s not about acting. A chance then to work on her craft.

Also, Barney’s version, as most Canadians know, is based on Mordechai Richler’s book of the same name. And as my colleague Jeffrey wrote to me yesterday, for an actor from Montreal, being part of a Richler project is the opportunity of a lifetime.

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