Official reason is scheduling conflicts, but money may be a part of the problem, too...
First up, Lefevre got a hefty pay increase for the vampire franchise's third installment, according to sources.
Then she snagged a role in Barney's Version, an indie flick costarring Paul Giamatti, which she planned to film between the New Moon and upcoming Eclipse shoots.
But then, I'm told, Lefevre's Eclipse schedule with director David Slade was tweaked and overlapped with Barney's Version.
"Summit could have made it work," one source says. "But they saw that they could save a lot of money by recasting her. This could get really messy."
July 29, 2009
Silly Speculation: Marc Malkin Dishes on Rachelle's Departure
P.S. E!Online's Marc Malkin gossips about why Rachelle was recast, which you can read in its entirety here.