What started out as a surprising casting twist has quickly turned into an argument. First, Rachelle Lefevre wasn't trying to move on to bigger and better things by leaving vampires behind. Right after news that Bryce Dallas Howard would replace the Lefevre as Victoria in Eclipse comes a rather surprising statement the actress sent to Entertainment Weekly. Much like Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, the Twilight recast has stunned the actress in question. According to Lefevre, she's out because of a 10-day overlap between Eclipse and Barney's Version. "I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules."

Going by this alone, the whole mess seems quite fishy. One would assume that Summit would've warned the actress about when she'd be needed, and likewise, that she'd make sure there was no conflict before accepting outside work.

Well, Summit's press release answers those questions. They have expressed their disappointment right back at Lefevre, and paint an entirely different picture. Summit says she was advised in April about August production, that she waited a month after accepting the second role before alerting them, etc, etc. Basically, their position is that she screwed them over. (You can read the release after the jump.)

So there you have it. Will Lefevre fight back? Stay tuned! We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre's recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio. Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.

• Ms. Lefevre's representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August. • If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes "passionate," about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

• It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre's commitment to BARNEY'S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June. Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.

• Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE's principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.

• Contrary to Ms. Lefevre's statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.

The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre's commitment to the other project - which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment - makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.
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