Bryce Dallas Howard Hopes to Honor Rachelle Lefevre, Role as Victoria

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It didn't take long for Bryce Dallas Howard to be thrown into the Twilight Saga fire.

In July, it was announced that the actress would take over the role of Victoria from Rachelle Lefevre in Eclipse. The casting news set off a firestorm among fans of this franchise.

The anger has died down a bit over the last few months, but will likely start up again as we inch closer to the June 30, 2010 release date of the third Twilight movie. In a recent interview, though, Howard sought to quiet her critics.

She had nothing but nice things to say about Lefevre when asked about replacing her in this key role.

"Rachelle really created an incredible character and is exquisite. I fell like the uproar that occurred was really appropriate, because... you’ve seen the actors grow with the franchise. And [Lefevre’s] unavailability [to do Eclipse] was really, really, really unfortunate," Howard said.

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As for joining the Twilight Saga cast, which consists of such A-listers as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Howard gushed:

"I was really struck by what an incredible group of young people are in that franchise. Their friendships are so genuine, and they really ground each other. There’s a lot of attention and scrutiny, but I’m truly moved by how solid they’ve remained in their values and belief systems and their caring of one another throughout all of that."

Sounds like Howard is doing everything she can to endear herself to Twilight fans. Is it working? Are you ready to welcome her warmly into the cast?

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