Summit Entertainment defends the decision to replace Rachelle Lefevre

By Michael Y. Park
Updated July 30, 2009 11:50 AM
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After replacing Rachelle Lefevre with Bryce Dallas Howard for the third installment of the Twilight film series – and hearing an earful about how “stunned” and “hurt” Lefevre is – Summit Entertainment is defending its decision, and telling the ousted actress that she has no reason to be surprised, considering that it’s her fault.

“We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the studio,” a press statement reads. “Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.”

According to Summit, Lefevre was well aware of the shooting schedule for Eclipse when she decided to sign on with another movie that had a conflicting schedule and was being filmed thousands of miles away. Making things worse, Lefevre didn’t tell Summit about the other film until nearly two months after agreeing to do it, the movie company says.

“If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes ‘passionate,’ about being part of the Twilight saga, she would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule,” the statement continues.

Left with what it saw as an uncooperative actress who was jeopardizing the delicate scheduling of a expensive movie shoot, Summit says it was forced to find another person for the role of Victoria, the evil vampire who hounds lovers Bella and Edward.

“Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability. Her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production,” Summit says.

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