Rachelle's official statement as released through Access Hollywood earlier today...
“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse,’” Rachelle said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
“I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “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.”
The star concluded her statement with a regretful tone.
“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,” she said. - Access Hollywood
There are a lot of things I could say tonight. I'm just floored by this. I knew yesterday when this casting change was announced that something was up. More than anything, I'm heartbroken for Rachelle. It almost feels like a death in the Twilight family. How ironic that we mourn Victoria. That is a testament to Rachelle's portrayal of the bad vamp we all love to hate.
Here is one of my favorite Rachelle appearances...
It happens to be one of my favorite Rob interviews as well. ROBsessed has taken the video and added an introduction expressing what most of us are feeling right now.
Rachelle, we love you, we miss you, and we think you were dealt a bad hand here. If you feel the same, you can send your well wishes for Rachelle to her on Twitter @RachelleLefevre. She's getting our twitters and she feels our love. You can also find petitions to support her here and here. If you want to send notes of your displeasure to Summit, you may do so at the following address.
RE:Rachelle LeFevre VS Bryce Dallas Howard
1630 Stewart St, Suite 120
Santa Monica, CA 90404
If you do contact Summit, please state your feelings in a courteous manner. We want to show them how classy Twilight fans can be.