Rachelle Lefevre out as Victoria and we want to know WHY?

rachellebluetopDear Summit-

We have one question for you: WHY?

We’ve never written you a letter before, but I think it’s time to break our silence. Now that we’ve read both the personal statement from Rachelle, your Press Release sighting “scheduling conflicts,” and now the 2nd press release sighting another film, we’d like to know the REAL REASON WHY the character of Victoria was recast. With only one film left to go in Victoria’s character arc, this is one of the biggest surprise moves you could have pulled (and at the 11th hour we might add.)

Now don’t immediately write us off as some simpering fansite looking for something to write about. We know the entertainment business is a fickle and mean bitch. Deals are created, moves are made, everything’s political, believe me: we KNOW! We both have worked and continue to work in entertainment and understand stuff happens schedules conflict, contract options don’t get picked up, and there are ALWAYS two sides to every story, but that’s not what happened here. It is clear from both your statement and Rachelle’s that she was screwed. She admits a scheduling conflict that you were trying to work through it and says she would have dropped the movie Barney’s Version if she had known her role as Victoria was going to be recast. So the question remains and we want to know, WHY?

Follow the cut to see our full letter and some of our guesses as to why…

rachellevictoriaI think if there had been a plausible reason presented from BOTH parties this would be a lot easier to understand. But you have yet to provide a real reason other than a “scheduling conflict” and now an “uncooperative spirit” so you can understand why there is such an outcry from the fans. Considering the uproar, yesterday, on Twitter, blogs, texts and email you’d think this was a world crisis, after all 4 of the top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter yesterday were related to Rachelle and the Victoria situation! Imagine if you could use this power for good. Imagine being up front about the situation and really explaining why than you might not have such a black eye right now.

It seems like such a far cry from just a short week ago when Twihards were all abuzz with the news coming out of Comic Con. You were in their good graces, fans were excited about New Moon and you should have ridden that wave, but my how quickly things can change. If you were just more open with the fans I think a lot of this could be circumvented but since you won’t explain WHY we can only assume the recast for was nefarious reasons… or maybe in fact for some of the reasons we’ve come up with…

  • You recognized how AWESOME we are and wanted to cast us both as Victoria but didn’t want to reveal our true identities so you gave us the name “Bryce Dallas Howard.” I hate to tell you this, but it’s already taken. Oopsie.
  • You’re courting Ron Howard for a future Summit project and in a sign of goodwill cast his daughter in this role
  • Money! Doesn’t it always come down to money? But we have a hard time believing that you’re pinching pennies what with the sales of Twilight Body Glitter through the roof. Remember Twilight merchandise almost saved our economy!

victoriarachelleboatAnd ya know who knows maybe you’re telling the God’s honest truth and Rachelle is a dirty liar but you gotta remember something: You would still be nothing but a small fledgling studio if you hadn’t made the decision to turn Twilight into a movie. Because Twilight is nothing without it’s fans and if you alienate them than you are back to square one.

Now we know we we don’t work for you and we don’t have billions of dollars and we’re not on your speed dial or even on your mind most of the time, which is a sad fact we’re all quickly realizing, but we are FANS first and foremost and together we have a voice. We’re the ones who came out in droves to see this movie, we’re the ones who put almost 400 million dollars in your pocket. And we’re also the ones who can make or break your next project. Never underestimate the power of a fan.

Whatever happens will happen and we’re sure Bryce will do a lovely job as she is a great actress, but it’s the way you went about this and the shifty undertones that permeiated the whole process. It’s totally put a damper on the good thing you had going.

WHY?
Themoonisdown and UnintendedChoice

PS A word to the wise: when you issue a 2nd press release at 730 in the evening, make sure whoever is writing it took a xanax before- because what you put out reads like copy written from a pissed off woman who had to cancel her dinner reservations with her boyfriend at Mozza, and we all know what a pain it is to get into that place. Youch!

  • Jamie

    Is it too late to replace Kristen with someone who has emotion?

  • panchabrown

    its not a goood move on summit might as well have cast kathy griffin the d list , howard is to goofey looking for this part sorry but true just like had you cast kathy griffen and howard looks to old for part

  • belleflower

    long-time lurker and admirer of the pants here….I was just looking to see if i could find summit’s e-mail to protest this outrage, and I came across this website:

    http://screenplayshollywood.blogspot.com/2007/01/names-adresses-e-mails-independent_07.html

    if you scroll down to summit, there are 3 emails listed. I checked summit’s site, and the names match 3 of the bigwigs

    it’s worth a shot, right?

    • http://letterstotwilight.wordpress.com unintendedchoice

      good research!

      longtime admirer of the pants.
      love you!

  • scrumpy

    Guys;

    Remember they wanted to get rid of Taylor as well… and his PR people had to work it hard to get him back in…. they made an appeal directly to the fans.

    They’ll be more changes that’s for sure.
    Summit is a business..However, it seems to me they don’t get the Twilight fan base and how much they’ve invested in the actors and the characters.

    The movie industry is harsh. Harsher than most.
    Good post UC/Moon.
    thank you.

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  • Alma

    Brilliant! Well written. Thanks you guys for having the balls to write this.

    We just want to know why and be given an HONEST explanation from Summit.

  • Rena

    This is my first time replying to this blog.

    Everyone remembers Catherine Hardwicke talking about Cam Gigandet having another movie scheduled, so they had to film his Twilight scenes first, right? I can’t believe they cannot work around a 10-day window for Rachelle! It’s just crazy!!

    • http://letterstotwilight.wordpress.com unintendedchoice

      ohh– good point Rena~!

    • kiwichick

      exactly – it’s bullpats that they wouldn’t be able to work something out as far as scheduling goes.

  • xlatuacantantex

    i was so deeply upset by this whole situation that I made a blogspot dedicated to it!

    http://norachellemajorfail.blogspot.com/

  • andawaytheygo

    I’ll start of by saying I am NOT a fan of Twilight at all…

    My first reaction after I finally saw a picture of Bryce was “Thank GOODNESS they cast a redhead!”. Seriously – they only use about every euphemism/synonym for “redhead” when mentioning Victoria throughout the series – yet they cast a blonde. My OCD is a little more satisfied now

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  • JanuaryMorning

    ohhhhh so they can replace Victoria for “scheduling conflicts” but Kstew is a blinky studdering mess of bongnation and underage drinking and Summit supports her?
    If were going to have to deal with recast lets get rid of Kstew while were at it.
    And Bryce? Really? Shes a little firecrotch alien. NO ME GUSTA

  • kiwichick

    Well, I can think of one person who will be happy about this change – I read in a Jackson Rathbone interview that he is totally into Bryce Dallas Howard!

    Still – pretty dodgy what Summit is doing. It really sounds like they had this planned out to suit themselves. Bastards.

  • Jarsgirl

    Ron Howard is one of the most established people in Hollywood. He does NOT need anything from Summit, or anyone else for that fact. And really, Bryce has made a name for herself. I can’t see her having anything to do with this, except saying “yes”.

    This whole thing is very fishy, and the more I read about it, the more I think maybe Summit isn’t all to blame. Maybe Rachelle (or her reps) were getting ahead of themselves and trying to push it.

    I don’t know why, but I just have a feeling that this isn’t really Summit’s fault… Studios do not take such harsh action (especially when they know the backlash for something like this would be HUGE) without SERIOUS amounts of material to back themselves up. They knew what would happen, yet still felt the need to do it anyway. That has to say something – they were PISSED. I don’t think it’s about misused power or anything. It’s a business. You screw up – you’re out. It’s not based on feelings and emotions, it’s just business. We all love Rachelle but we’re not getting the full side of anyone’s story here. Better to just leave it alone. What’s done is done. And as much as we’d like to think it, fans don’t have as much power as they think they do. It’s unfortunate, but true.

  • Rebecca

    hey if Rachelle Lefevre doesn’t play Victoria in Eclispe I will probably won’t go see it. She was the prefect Victoria and no one could take her place. I am so upset the are messing with the movie like that. If they did it to her wonder who they going to do it to next. No one on them could be replaced cause all of them are prefect for their parts.

  • Roxi

    I am so shocked….

    Utterly speechless about the whole Summit thing.

    You guys wrote a GREAT letter. Well done to you!!!

    Victoria is my favourite bad-ass characters… Rachelle is jsut so so stunning as well, and SO nice!
    I’m am just so upset. I can’t believe it :(

    And to think i was looking SO forward to see her fighting with Edward :(

    Will definately miss you Rachelle! The movie won’t be the same without you.. :(

    Summit… please go to hell.

  • Katie

    Summit’s part in this does not make sense. IF they have good reason to replace Rachelle then why are they coming across like petulant children? Their actions have been completely unprofessional.

    Once they had decided that they were going to replace Rachelle they should have told her. Once Rachelle knew of their decision and accepted it they should have revealed this new development to the fans together. Then Summit should have released the story that Bryce Dallas Howard was going to play the part of Victoria.

    BUT instead they decided that Rachelle should be replaced, got Bryce on board and then told the world that Rachelle was no longer going to play the part of Victoria. Rachelle was obviously completely shocked by the news and rightfully released a statement confirming her disapointment. In response Summit quickly released a statement telling the fans to take their blame elsewhere ‘it’s not our fault, she hurt our feelings, she’s the big bad wolf in this. blah blah blah.’

    Their performance has left me with no respect for them.

  • Kelsey

    AMEN!!! Never underestimate the power of the fans, we can make or break you!

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  • http://cullenboysanonymous.com Cullen Boys Anonymous

    I love your post about this. Very well written. If only Summit would listen.

    For those commenting about Team Switzerland, I agree. Why is there so much pressure to be Team Switzerland? There is nothing wrong with taking a side & expressing your opinion. It’s like we are wrong if we have said we support Rachelle or if we had criticism of Summit. The worst thing I read said we were like out of control “newborn vampires”. *shakes head*

  • NicoletteXIV

    Damn. At least Rachelle had some street cred. (like those scandalous American Apparel ads?).. Bryce seems just a little too tame, too clean cut to be a nomadic man-eater..

    ref: http://stylecrave.com/2009-09-03/american-apparel-ads-the-50-hottest-in-company-history/american-apparel-flyer-nyla-comesee-130404/

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  • Nonie

    This is sooo melodramatic. I kinda laughed a little….

  • angela

    Well it really sucked to know that rachelle wont be Victoria in Eclipse I was really looking forward to it. I even read Eclipse and when I read it I could so picture her as Victoria , and is hard not to because that role fit her perfectly!!! Not really looking forward to the movies as much since her role in Eclipse is bigger.

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