Bryce Dallas Howard Replaces Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria in Twilight Eclipse

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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:

Bryce Dallas Howard

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  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115698101532 Justine

    We are all agree : It’s so ridiculous !
    So sign all petitions for brin Rachelle BACK as Victoria in Eclipse !
    Join the group on facebook !!
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115698101532
    We are with Rachelle !

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115698101532 Justine

    We are all agree : It’s so ridiculous !
    So sign all petitions for brin Rachelle BACK as Victoria in Eclipse !
    Join the group on facebook !!
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115698101532
    We are with Rachelle !

  • morgan s

    Rachelle shouldn’t go she’s a good actress

  • http://beyondhollywood morgan s

    Rachelle shouldn’t go she’s a good actress

  • donna james

    THEY CAN’T REPLACE VICTORIA. IT JUST WON’T BE THE SAME. RACHELLE IS VICTORIA.I HOPE THEY REMBER WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME THEY TRIED TO REPLACE A CAST MEMBER. TAYLOR LAUTNER AKA JACOB.

  • http://yahoo donna james

    THEY CAN’T REPLACE VICTORIA. IT JUST WON’T BE THE SAME. RACHELLE IS VICTORIA.I HOPE THEY REMBER WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME THEY TRIED TO REPLACE A CAST MEMBER. TAYLOR LAUTNER AKA JACOB.

  • Jamie Staudacher

    it is completely ridiculous that they replaced her! when i read the books Rachelle is exactly what i pictured Victoria to look like. she is perfect to for the role. Eclipse just wont be the same without her.

  • Jamie Staudacher

    it is completely ridiculous that they replaced her! when i read the books Rachelle is exactly what i pictured Victoria to look like. she is perfect to for the role. Eclipse just wont be the same without her.

  • Amy

    Well, I agree fully with the above posts that this is simply ridiculous. Please offer Rachelle her role back. There is no way this film is going to be as successful as the first two. I LOVE THE TWILIGHT SAGA; but I can honestly say that I am going to be very, very disappointed if Victoria is not played by Rachelle. Like millions of others, when we were introduced with Victoria in both Twilight and New Moon, we, as the fans, look forward to seeing that same character played by the same actress. Its too confusing to see it any other way. Whats the purpose in coming familiar with our characters, if in one min, someone can change out the people we know and love?!! Its just crazy!

  • Amy

    Well, I agree fully with the above posts that this is simply ridiculous. Please offer Rachelle her role back. There is no way this film is going to be as successful as the first two. I LOVE THE TWILIGHT SAGA; but I can honestly say that I am going to be very, very disappointed if Victoria is not played by Rachelle. Like millions of others, when we were introduced with Victoria in both Twilight and New Moon, we, as the fans, look forward to seeing that same character played by the same actress. Its too confusing to see it any other way. Whats the purpose in coming familiar with our characters, if in one min, someone can change out the people we know and love?!! Its just crazy!