OK OK I know we are always a day late and a dollar short but of course we have been watching the collective undies of the online Twilight community quickly wrap into a bunch over this (and rightfully so) since late Tuesday night when the news broke... Within moments of Summit Entertainment's announcement that the role of Victoria would be recast in Eclipse due to "scheduling conflicts" with Rachelle Lefevre, "Bryce Dallas Howard" showed up in Twitter's "trending topics" list and hasn't left since (in fact the topic had pretty much dominated the top-ten since - well, until Summit had it removed, or so it is rumored). If you've been living under a rock lately or just got back from that week-long stay in a remote cabin somewhere in West Bumfuck and are just tuning in, you can read some compelling takes on the story by clicking just about anywhere on our blogroll [I would suggest reading TwiCrack posts, in fact. There are many].
Let me state for the record that I think Bryce Dallas Howard is a wonderful actor and if she had originally been cast as Victoria, I am sure she would have done a great job. I've seen most if not all of her movies, and she is quite talented imho. Her portrayal of a young blind woman in "The Village" gives one chills. But the simple fact of the matter is that she wasn't cast in the role, and now, to all of us Twifans, Rachelle Lefevre IS Victoria.
I am generally quick to make fun of some of the less-than-stellar cinematic moments in Twilight, but I think that Rachelle really owned her bad vamp. Everyone is probably aware that this opportunity didn't just just fall into her lap by happenstance; she lobbied for it because she felt she could bring Victoria to life (as it were...) like nobody's business and frankly I thing she did a fantastic job. It doesn't hurt that she has been nothing short of completely gracious since being cast and through her charm, warm interaction with the fans, charity work, and just being someone who seems like an all-around swell chick, she has won the hearts & mind of Twifans everywhere.
So what the fuck, Summit??? Just how greedy are you, anyway? I've heard in the rumor mill that in all likelihood, this is about money. Or is there more to it? Sadly, when it's all said and done, it probably does boil down to simple finances and what looks better on the bottom line. Which is a real shame.
I think that Summit should be taken to task for making such a dickish move - it isn't ok and they need to hear that loud and clear regardless of the fact that they seem to be going all Big Brother and squashing anything they don't want to hear. Rumor [and remember, take everything you read with a grain of salt - including this.] has it that at their request, Twitter removed all the related tweets from their trending topics list, and "poof" suddenly she makes like Edward in most of New Moon. Speaking of New Moon, this situation should make for some interesting and definitely awkward PR in advance of the movie premiere and subsequent DVD release... This whole thing makes me sad. And angry.
At the end of the day, there is no way we can be sure what happened, but in this humble bloggy bitch's opinion, Summit's really assumed the role of the selfish, arrogant big-wig and that's just...not...cool. I used to think of Summit fondly as "the little studio that could" since they were not much of an industry powerhouse prior to the Twilight franchise rocketing them to fame and fortune. Hey - congratulations & welcome to the big-time, assholes! Way to step all over the people who helped make this possible for you... You're lucky that the Creative Cursing book is at JJ's place, OK?
There is currently a petition (possibly many) being passed around and other sites are providing addresses - for both email and snail-mail - and urging folks to write to Summit. I say go for it (I know I will be!): the voices of many, after all, are louder than that of one. No matter how big or loud or obnoxious that 'one' may be.