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.”
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!”