Dallas Howard rejected role in first Twilight

11 Aug 2009 | Category: Casting News,Gossip | Comments Off on Dallas Howard rejected role in first Twilight

brycedallashowardApparently, Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, was always the first choice to play villainous vampire Victoria in the original Twilight movie, according to director Catherine Hardwicke. The actress recently joined the cast of the franchise’s third installment, Eclipse, taking over from Rachelle Lefevre, who stars in as the bad vamp Victoria in Twilight and the upcoming sequel New Moon.

Twilight director Hardwicke admits Dallas Howard was always producers’ top pick but says star initially rejected the part. She says, “I know we originally asked BDH (Bryce Dallas Howard) to do the first movie but she thought it was too small a part at that time.”

Hardwicke admits she sympathizes with Lefevre, who was dropped from the picture after a dispute over scheduling with another movie role, but insists she only knows about what has been reported in the media since she was sidelined in favor of Chris Weitz to direct the sequels. She adds, “Of course I cast (Lefevre), so I wish (producers at Summit Entertainment) could have worked out something. I wasn’t involved in the negotiations, so I don’t know the details.”

Lefevre is now preparing to take her former studio bosses to court over her axe from the money-spinning franchise.

Twilight vampire recast in third movie

29 Jul 2009 | Category: Casting News,Twilight | Comments Off on Twilight vampire recast in third movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, 28, (The Village) will be taking over the role of Victoria, a vampire who wants to get even with Bella, in the third Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She’ll be replacing Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre, 30, who played the role in the first and second films. “Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life, and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character,” says Erik Feig, president of worldwide production and acquisitions for Summit Entertainment. “The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.” Howard is the daughter of famed director Ron Howard. According to Summit, Lefevre is leaving the series because of scheduling conflicts. She’s signed to appear opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barney’s Version, which begins filming in Quebec at the same time Eclipse shoots in British Columbia.