More on Why Rachelle Lefevre Really Isn't in Eclipse

It seems like nothing can be drama-free in the land of Twilight. The most recent hoopla—having nothing to do with Robsten for a change: the recasting of hottie Rachelle Lefevre, who plays villainess Victoria in the franchise films.

So what the hell went down? Is it really scheduling conflicts, like Summit is saying? Or could something much greener be the reason behind the quick switch, like Marc Malkin has deliciously been told all about?

What the hell's the real story?

Rachelle was "stunned" at Summit's decision to replace her. And she seems genuinely shocked if you ask us. It sounds like she tried to make scheduling work with Eclipse and her new movie, Barney's Version, and Summit seemed to be fine with the overlap...until recently.

We contacted Wendy Saffer, publicist for Serendipity Films, the company responsible for producing Barney's Version, and she does confirm the conflicting filming dates.

"We start shooting in Rome on Aug. 17," Wendy tells us, which is literally the same day Eclipse starts back up in Vancouver, B.C.

But something just ain't right here. Both start dates—Eclipse and Barney's—have been set for a while now, we're told. Why did Summit seem to play nice with Rachelle's 10-day Vancouver departure, then suddenly use that as an excuse to recast her—the equivalent of being shot for an actress?

Sure, saving money is an obvious reason (which we doubt upsets the studio), but this is so much bigger than that now that Summit is rolling in the dough. Could this be a message to the frisky and often unmanageable cast: You're replaceable? Seems like it.

Remind you of that edict sent Robsten's way at Comic-Con? You know, the one about staying apart? Uh-huh. Pushy little studio that could, for sure.

We think that high-up execs want to show the young talent they don't hold all of the power in these now high-budget flicks. Sure, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner aren't going anywhere (fans would never allow that)—but R.L.'s departure sure as hell is a wake-up call to second-class Twi stars. And this will even snap the Golden Three back into line.

Don't you all think the timing is way too coincidental right now? Summit's known of Rachelle's schedule for a while—this replacement is more loaded than Robsten's body language.


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Comment by Gia on July 30, 2009 at 4:05am
they have no idea how much this is going to hurt much,,it's not gonna be the same..freaking summit what the hell is wrong with you?have you forgot the fans that are not having the same opinion?victoria is rachelle lefevre and for us no one can replace her..don't you see that you will lose so much fans replacing her?i'm truly disipointed of you!you must suffer by a celebrity disease or something like that!truly disipointed!you should be ashamed by what you have done!
Comment by christine on July 30, 2009 at 5:11am
i just found out it's ron howards daughter playing victoria in the thrid installment!how close is david slade and ron howard?FISHY yup
Comment by bettin_on_alice on July 30, 2009 at 6:18am
i don't see why RL didn't just quit the other job...then it would be problem solved
Comment by taylor on July 30, 2009 at 8:02am
Victoria was a really good actor. Summit made a bad choice. Victoria is all over! Postars,bags, t-shirts... Everywhere!
Comment by xX~MountainLionLover~Xx on July 30, 2009 at 8:05am
NOOOOOO!! im sooo sad..! i love her!! she was reli good!
Damn Summit!! ggrrrrrr :@
Comment by Foxx Talltrees on July 30, 2009 at 12:41pm
The person I am feeling sorry for now is Bryce (sucks 2 be her right now!) The fan outcry is unbelievable!! Hopefully Summit will reconsider (most likely no since they are being trashed like this by the fans) it will not be the same seeing a new face in one of the most important scenes of the movie (the fight). I've seen some of Bryce's work & hopefully she will embrace Victoria's fierceness, not just give that wide-eyed stare that I've seen her do in all the movies I've seen so far. Girl, you have big shoes to fill-for her sake, I hope she doesn't F$£k it up!!
Comment by Belinda( dazzle by Rob) on July 31, 2009 at 9:55am
wtf ! i love rachelle ! why ! summit sucks !


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