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Rachelle Lefevre can't bring herself to attend 'New Moon' premiere
One story that has sort of been buried under the excitement of "New Moon's" opening is the "only in Hollywood" recasting of Victoria in the third movie in the franchise, "New Moon."
In what can only be deemed a colossal mix up on the part of Rachelle Lefevre's reps and Summit to not contact her directly, the actress was nixed from returning to portray the evil Vampire and pivotal character in "Eclipse" because of a small role she'd also agreed to in a Dustin Hoffman indie during the same period. Before anything could be seriously worked out, Summit recast the role with the higher-profile Bryce Dallas Howard.
After being one of "Twilight's" biggest publicity champions and becoming a fan favorite online, Lefevre was pretty much dropped as much as possible from "New Moon's" marketing campaign. Conspicuously, not one of image of Lefevre is in the film's photo key set and seemingly contradicting her on-set interview with HitFix last May she also doesn't have a single line in the film. Strange considering how many weeks she spent shooting in the Vancouver forest.
It appears it was too much for Lefevre to bear. She was invited (contractually?) to the movie's premiere, but tweeted:
"2 fans at the premiere: w/ Honey in hospital & being fired from Eclipse tonight was just 2 emotional 4 me & I couldn't manage it. So sorry"
[Honey is Lefevre's pup.]
At least Lefevre can be satisfied her fight scene in the forest provided one of the most cinematic and memorable moments thanks to Thom Yorke's stunning track "Hearing Damage."
Next on Lefevre's slate are roles in the thriller "Casino Jack" with Kevin Spacey and "Barney's Version" alongside Hoffman and Paul Giamatti.
[Left, Rachelle Lefevre at the "Twilight" premiere only a year ago.]