The Twilight film series wasn’t safe from recasting, and the character of Victoria was one that went through that process – and it was a bit messy. As it happens with many successful books, Stephenie Meyer’s often controversial Twilight series was adapted to the big screen between 2008 and 2012, with the final book, Breaking Dawn, being split into two parts (very much like the Harry Potter series did with Deathly Hallows). Twilight had Robert Pattinson as vampire protagonist Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, the human protagonist of the story.
Twilight introduced a number of characters – vampires, humans, and werewolves, but as it turns out, there are a lot of vampire covens all around the world. Bella and Edward’s main enemies were the Volturi and James’ coven, among those Victoria. Introduced in the first book in a small role, Victoria was James’ lover and assisted him in all of his missions. After James was kjlled, she swore revenge on Edward Cullen by plotting to kjll the woman he loved: Bella. As result, Victoria created an army of newborn vampires to rise up against the Cullens and the werewolves, who were also protecting Bella.
Victoria appeared in Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but she went through the process of recast for her final appearance in the saga.
Why Twilight Replaced Rachelle Lefevre With Bryce Dallas Howard
Victoria was played by Rachelle Lefevre in Twilight and New Moon. Prior to her role in the Twilight Saga, Lefevre had worked in various TV shows, though mostly in minor roles. As for her work on the big screen, she appeared in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Tuvia, among other projects. Twilight was her first big film, and came back to play Victoria in New Moon, but was replaced with Bryce Dallas Howard in Eclipse. Summit Entertainment revealed the change in late 2009, attributing it to scheduling conflicts. Howard had previously turned down the role as she thought it was “too small of a part”.
In an interview with Access Hollywood (via SyFy), Lefevre said she was “stunned” by Summit’s decision, explaining she was fully committed to the role and the film series, and even turned down other opportunities. Lefevre added that, in accordance with her contractual rights, she only took roles that had very short shooting schedules, among those the comedy-drama Barney’s Version, which only required her to be on set for 10 days. Summit reportedly “had a conflict during those 10 days” and couldn’t accommodate her, and chose to recast the part. Summit didn’t waste time and quickly replied, explaining she failed to inform the studio of her commitment to Barney’s Version, and it wasn’t true that she was dismissed over a 10-day overlap.
Victoria met her fate in Eclipse, when she and her new partner, Riley, were destroyed by Edward and young wolf Seth Clearwater. Lefevre appeared again in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 through archive footage, which only made the whole situation even more awkward. In the end, Eclipse was met with mixed reviews, even if some find it to be the best in the saga, and it’s inevitable to wonder how different Victoria’s final appearance would have been had the Twilight Saga kept its original actress.