The "Eclipse" Casting Drama Continues

We mentioned yesterday that Rachelle Lefevre was going to walk away from her part in the third "Twilight" sequel "Eclipse" due to "scheduling conflicts."

The story was that Lefevre had signed on to shoot a small indy pic with Paul Giamatti and the shooting schedule conflicted with production on "Eclipse."

Sure enough, those "scheduling conflicts" seemed to be a point of contention with Lefevre who issued a statement explaining her side of things:

“I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules,” she said. “Although the production schedule for 'Eclipse' is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those 10 days and would not accommodate me."

Summit Entertainment says that it was not just the 10 days in question and that Lefevre was not completely honest with them:

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" was expected to start shooting in early August. If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes 'passionate,' about being part of (Twilight) we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with (its) shooting schedule."

And now that Summit is going to replace Lefevre with Bryce Dallas Howard, the speculation is that the producers were quietly trying to replace a lesser known actor with a more popular one. A dirty tactic, but common in the world of Hollywood.

And naturally, Twilight fans are all in a tizzy about this, petitioning Summit to reinstate Lefevre. Yeah. That'll work.

Steven Zeitchik of Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog has all the details.

1 comment:

meredith said...

So many things to say about this. One, yes, people are stupid thinking petitioning will do anything. BUT, not all fans care! I mean don't bite the hand that feeds you. I'll never take an actor's side because let's face it, they're cattle. I'm not sure why Summit felt the need to respond though. They kind of made things worse with the fanatics w/o brains. They're all calling BS and some are even threatening to boycott the movie. Now THAT is dumb. I don't go see Twilight to see a random chick. Idiots. All I can say is that these girls easily get over things. Do we all remember when they first case RPatz in the film and everyone was all up in arms. They literally were boycotting it then saying he wasn't pretty enough. Well look at them now. They pee themselves in his presence. They'll get over it. I did. I'd rather you post the cool leaked Volturi photos then this BS.

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