Bryce Dallas Howard has joined the cast of the third film in the Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, replacing Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria. Lefevre originated the role in Twilight and also appears in the upcoming sequel New Moon. Summit says scheduling conflicts forced her to leave the picture, report the trades.
Eclipse starts shooting in Vancouver on Aug. 17 under the direction of David Slade. It has a release date of June 30, 2010. Lefevre was recently cast in the indie drama Barney’s Version, which also has an Aug. 17 start date.
“We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s president of worldwide production and acquisitions. “Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”