Rachelle_290 According to actress Rachelle Lefevre the scheduling conflict Summit Entertainment cited for replacing her with Bryce Dallas Howard in the third "Twilight" movie — "Eclipse" — is just an excuse.

Lefevre's representative released the following statement from the actress to media outlets on Wednesday (July 29):

"I was stunned by Summit's decision to recast the role of Victoria for "Eclipse." I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules. My commitment to "Barney's Version" is only ten days. Summit picked up my option for "Eclipse." Although the production schedule for "Eclipse" is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those ten days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for "Eclipse," never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part. I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I've received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit's surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of "Eclipse" only the very best."

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