Twisted ‘Twilight’ casting saga continues

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The studio releasing the movies based on the bestselling Twilight novels has tried to pull a fast one on the saga’s famously fanatical followers.

People Bryce Dallas HowardCNSPhoto-Kelly-LefevreSummit Entertainment announced Tuesday it was recasting the role of vampire villainess vixen Victoria, played by Rachelle Lefevre (left) in last year’s Twilight and the forthcoming New Moon. The studio is giving the part to Bryce Dallas Howard (right) for the third installment, Eclipse.

The “official” line was that Lefevre had scheduling conflicts.

Then, today, the jilted actress spoke out, saying she was “stunned” and “hurt deeply” by the switch. She protested that she was “fully committed” to returning as Victoria and defended her involvement in the drama Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, as a 10-day job that wouldn’t interfere with Eclipse.

Howard is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of filmmaker Ron Howard, has appeared in Spider-Man 3, Terminator Salvation, The Village and Lady in the Water. Lafevre has been in showbiz for at least the past decade, but is a relative unknown in comparison.

This isn’t the first time the folks bringing the Twilight characters to the big screen have considered recasting: After the first film they floated the idea of recasting Native American werewolf-to-be Jacob Black if actor Taylor Lautner didn’t bulk up for New Moon; he rose to the challenge and his job is safe. For now.

But hell hath no fury like a vampire woman scorned.

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