Rachelle LeFevere’s Departure: The Media Chimes In

Now that the initial shock of yesterday’s announcement has worn off, various media outlets are giving their opinion on the casting change.  Both HitFix and Rotten Tomatoes, who were both on set, have their own questions:

Jen Amato of Rotten Tomatoes Tweets:

“Sadly (for Rachelle fans), the casting of Bryce Dallas Howard might be a smart move. More name recognition, more mainstream (vs. fan) auds.”

“Will Bryce Dallas Howard’s casting in Twilight: Eclipse bring in MORE male non-fans? BDH as an evil redhead vampire.”

“I think Bryce Howard is great in wide-eyed innocent roles; skeptical of her as a passionate, murderous vampire. Though she is a ginger.”

See Jen’s article here. Follow her on Twitter here.

Greg from HitFix compiled this article pulling in a variety of items:

“HitFix spoke to Lefevre on the set of “New Moon” in Vancouver at the beginning of May and not returning seemed out of the question if she had a conflict.  When asked about what she was doing in between the two films, Lefevre said, “I have a couple of things sort of in the mix right now that it looks like I’m going to get to do. One in between this and “Eclipse” but it’s a scheduling thing and so nothing is confirmed yet because you have to be available for the third movie.”

Get the HitFix article here.

Adding to the mix, it looks like Nikki Finke knew what was going down about 20 minutes ahead of everyone else.

Now finally for our part. We are Switzerland. In the same way we stayed neutral on the Solomon and Taylor recasting decisions, and the changing of the guard to Chris and David, we are staying neutral on this.  We aren’t starting any petitions or leading a boycott or anything like that.  It’s not that we don’t care about Rachelle or the movie, it’s just that we weren’t in the room to know exactly what went down and how, and realistically we’ll never know “the whole truth”.  However, like we said, that doesn’t mean we don’t still love Rachelle.  We think what we Tweeted last night summarizes what we feel right now, and if you are so inclined please retweet us or send a similar message to Rachelle on what no doubt is going to be an emotional day.

Twitter ovation for a classy actress. We wish you well @RachelleLefevre You will be missed. We still love you!”

Comments

  1. Bummer! Rachelle is so good as Victoria. Couldn’t Summit work around her shooting schedule? Her absence feels like it would break the continuity and momentum of the saga’s story, because Victoria is an important part of the action of Eclipse, and the audience has gotten used to Rachelle as Victoria.

    Geez, if Summit was going to do such a big recast, why don’t they recast some of the other actors as well? I still prefer Stephenie Meyer’s original suggestions with Henry Cavill as Edward and Emily Browning as Bella anyway.

  2. I just sent her a message to let her know that we haven’t forgotten her. I’ll miss her terribly. She was so perfect as Victoria. I just can’t believe what’s happening. This has definitely something to do with Summit. Rachelle was so excited to be in Eclipse, it’s impossible that she walked out on her own. And what did the rest of the cast think about this? I’m just so upset right now. I don’t know what to do.

  3. I just read over on Eonline that this was summits decision, not Rachelle’s. She has a statement that says she was fully committed to the part of Victoria and that summit wasn’t willing to work around her 10 day shoot for that other movie. (I would link the article but I don’t know how). It also goes on to say that money is probably why they made this choice. With BDH they won’t have to pay as much…just go to E and check it out.

  4. It might have been in her contract with Summit to leave her schedule completely open in August for Eclipse. While it seems unfair….she did accept another role during that time frame. I think she made a mistake, and she wishes Summit could/would accommodate her. I think she is beautiful, and she seems nice, but she was never my Victoria. Rachelle played her too smart arsy and over confident. I imagine Victoria as cat like, skittish, a little deranged. Since her part was so tiny in Twilight, I wish they would re-shoot her scenes for NM using BDH. It would make things a little more consistent, since the character is building in NM. Yeah, I said it. LOL

  5. Rachelle didnt back out, she just had a 10 day overlap of Eclipse and another movie and Summit sacked her. This decision was completely unfair to Rachelle considering how devoted she was to her character. Bryce is a great actress but for Victoria?…no. Epic fail Summit>:(

  6. Jackalyn says:

    Nothing against Bryce, and I love Rachelle.

    BUT I thingk as Twilight fans being as commited as we are, this puts a dark cloud over the saga. We all felt secure and happy with the cast and it makes you wonder who is next to leave, or get put out.

    Just makes me remember when Rob said, on the DVD, “Get me Efron”, joking around. Not that I think they would replace HIM, but it is just disheartening.
    The cast felt so close and this is just too weird.

    I have this strange feeling of abandoment. I feel like my parents just got divorced, (and I am 30 years old.)

  7. BDH was a terrible Victoria. Rachelle was so much better for the part. I don’t know why they couldn’t have let Rachelle finish her role in Eclipse. The character was just not the same. BDH looked more scared than mean. It was a joke!

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