07/29/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
Twilight fans are used to the renegade vampire Victoria causing trouble for lovers Bella and Edward, but come the third installment of the film series, they may be taken aback by Bryce Dallas Howard baring her fangs in the role.
That’s right: The 28-year-old daughter of director Ron Howard will be replacing Rachelle Lefevre, 30, who took on the role for the first film and its upcoming sequel, New Moon.
“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.”
According to Summit, Lefevre is leaving the series because of scheduling conflicts with a new film project. She’s slated to appear opposite Dustin Hoffman in the independent film Barney’s Version, which begins filming the same day as Eclipse – only on the opposite end of the continent, in Quebec.
– Michael Y. Park