Bryce Dallas Howard Replaces Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria in Twilight Eclipse

Hmm, this will be interesting. The last time there were even rumors that a castmember on “Twilight” might get replaced by another actor for the sequels, the fanbase went a little nuts. Okay, they pretty much took up arms and tried to torch Summit Entertainment, or so I’ve heard. I’m not sure if this little bit of news will elicit nearly the same type of response, since it doesn’t involve one of the franchise’s hunks, and if there’s one thing about the “Twilight” fanbase to keep in mind it’s that it’s mostly girls and they like their hunks. In any case, the big “Twilight” news is that actress Rachelle Lefevre, who has played the vampire Victoria in the first two movies, will be replaced by actress Dallas Bryce Howard for the third movie, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”.

Variety confirms the news via Summit Entertainment’s president Erik Feig, who cites “scheduling conflicts” as the reason why Lefevre has left the franchise, though that seems highly doubtful. What sane person would leave a thriving franchise like “Twilight”? The third movie, “Eclipse”, is supposed to feature an even bigger role for the Victoria character, as the vampire comes after franchise heroine Bella. Basically, Feig is telling us that Lefevre has voluntarily chosen another project over “Eclipse” when her role is just about to get juicy? Hmm, doesn’t quite add up there, Erik, but I’ll take your word for it.

In any case, this probably a step up for the “Twilight” franchise. Howard, while not a household name, is a very good actress, and has appeared in everything from “Terminator Salvation” to the most recent “Spider-Man” film. She was also the muse for M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water” and “The Village”, and she’s got range.

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” will be directed by David Slade for a June 30, 2010 release date.

Below: The former and future Victoria.

And another one from Howard, just in case you weren’t convinced she can play sexy vamp:

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