Bryce Dallas Howard to replace Rachelle Lefevre in third 'Twilight' film

It looks like the villainous Twilight vampire known as Victoria is getting some new fangs. Sources at Summit Entertainment say actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation, Spider-Man 3, The Village) will be stepping in to replace Rachelle Lefevre, who is stepping aside due to scheduling conflicts. Lefevre originated the role of Victoria in the first film, and will be seen in the sequel, New Moon, which is due to hit theaters on Nov. 20. Howard will play the part for the third installment, Eclipse. That movie is set to be directed by David Slade from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg, and is expected to be released theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on June 30, 2010.

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  • Kat

    bryce is cute as a button, but im really gonna miss rachelle!! on t’aime beaucoup :)

    • Lynds

      It’s hard to get ur head around the recasting. But if you look at Bryce’s features, she and Rachelle look like they can be twins…give her some extensions and red eyes. Done. Plus I think it will work out for the best b/c Bryce has more of a feline appearance which is very much described in the book. I’m excited to see the change. Sad to see Rachelle leave, she was and is a great actress…but life goes on. I’m still looking forward to all the movies releases.

      • Elle

        You can’t be serious? Aside from the red hair they look nothing alike. Rachelle is gorgeous, alluring, and scary even (as Victoria) this Bryce chick is just homely and boring. Most of the fans are very opposed to this, so I guess I’m surprised at your conclusions all around

    • huh

      Eww, really you think so?

    • Kelase

      Extremely sad that thet’re recasting Victoria, especially for the third movie, common theres only one after that, and personally i believe that Rachelle made the Victoria character.

  • Stephanie

    Twilight: Full Moon? Excellent renaming.

  • B

    It’s “New Moon” not Full and it’s StephEnie. Just sayin’.

  • Lynne

    Slumming it a bit, isn’t she?
    Recasting of any kind sucks, but I guess they gotta do what they gotta do.

  • Amy

    Disappointed. I’ve seen almost every film Howard’s been in, and there’s nothing villainous or threatening about her. She also seems to get other actresses’ rejects: Nicole Kidman, Claire Danes and now the Victoria chick.

  • Adam

    LOL Full Moon! Who’s playing the werewolf lol

  • Remy

    Rachelle was so good!!!

  • Kara

    I think that Bryce is a wonderful actress, but Rachelle is already Victoria in the minds of so many of us fans. While I’m sure that Bryce will do a good job, recasting in the middle of a series sucks.

  • Kara

    P.S.- If they insist on recasting…please recast Nikki Reed. PLEASE.

    • guemi

      I totally agree!!!!

    • Elle

      I have to agree. I actually thought about this before and she is the only one I would not miss at all. I always thought her character in the movie didn’t fit Rosalie’s in the book. I am still very upset about Rachelle leaving and I will not get over it as many others will never except Bryce as Victoria!

  • New Guinea

    There is no “scheduling conflict”. She was flat out replaced. Why would give up a good part in one of the world’s biggest film projects for something else. What else could she possibly be doing which would give her more prestige or be better for her career than Twilight. Looks like Summit wanted a bigger name to add prestige or Rachel wanted too much money.

    • Kimberly

      I agree. I was so sad to learn that Summit recast (replaced) Rachelle as Victoria. She was perfect as Victoria and she was very excited about her role in the third movie. Plus it rings fake that Summit recast her part in eight days with a “big name” actress over issues that could have been straighten out with a phone call. Recasting makes the movie lose it’s magic. I really dislike Summit now.

      • guemi

        how could she be perfect? Victoria is described in the book as red-headed and Rachelle has like orange hair (the last scene in twilight was added because many people confused her with rosalie which is blonde) and a different voice tone, so i think Bryce Dallas Howard has more resemblance with the description, and I would like to ask summit if they could please recast Nikki Reed :P

  • Jane

    Um, New Guinea, I think you’re overestimating Twilight’s reputation. It’s only really “prestigious” among the fanbase. Brutal but true. She probably didn’t want to be typecast, or genuinely wanted the other role. I’m disappointed at such a major recast, but I understand why.

  • Amanda

    I agree New Guinea. They obviously just wanted to replace her with a bigger star. And, people can deny it as much as they want, but Twilight is EVERYWHERE. Yea, the first movie sucked, but hopefully the next movie will be better (however, I’ve realized that certain Twi-haters are incredibly narrow-minded, and are unwilling to accept this possibility).
    However, there’s no doubt that being cast in Eclipse will give Bryce a LOT of exposure.

    • Elle

      Bigger star. I never heard of this Bryce actress until this and I still can’t type her full name without looking at the article(s) lol

      • Ivette

        She was in “The Village”

  • Amanda

    The Twilight movie definitely sucked, but I hope that New Moon will be better. Obviously, since Twilight is EVERYWHERE, taking part in Eclipse will give Bryce a lot of exposure.
    When it comes to Rachelle, it’s clear that Summit just wanted to replace Rachelle with a bigger star.

    • Bella

      Twilight did not suck itwas a good love story!

  • Cari

    I agree I don’t think there is a scheduling conflict. They made scheduling conflicts work for Cam Gigandet (James) and Elizabeth Reaser (Esme) was filling a tv show and they worked around it.
    What a coincident the find Ron Howards daughter. She does not fit the role. As a Twilight Fan I am not happy.
    Also Summit did it to director catherine hardwicke, then talked about replacing Taylor Lautner and now this!

    • Megan

      I think that Catherine Hardwicke was making another film. Also, I’m glad it’s a new director. I liked Twilight, but there were so many little problems with it. I like what I’m hearing about Chris Weitz’s direction with New Moon. I am a Twilight fan, but I understand that sometimes scheduling conflicts get in the way. I think Rachelle does an awesome job, but if she didn’t fulfill her part of the contract, that is not Summit’s fault. Since filming begins so soon, I guess that they had to find someone fast.

    • Bella

      I think it is so stupid that they recast Victoria. She was perfect!Bryce will not do as good a job as Rachelle did!

  • Jen

    Yeah, stay in denail, Twihards. Who could POSSIBLY EVER want to do anything other than another Twilight film? And Howard is a “bigger” name, but not big enough that casting her over the other Lefevre, if that’s even what happened, would make much of an impact. Lefevre’s IMDB listing shows at least two 2010 movies. I think people just don’t want to admit that Twilight got *gasp* stood up.

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