Twilight's Victoria Eclipsed by Bryce Dallas Howard

Bella Swan better look out: The face of evil will look different next year.

It will still be ringed by long, red locks, but otherwise...different.

Bryce Dallas Howard, most recently Christian Bale's misused mate in Terminator Salvation, will be replacing Rachelle Lefevre as the Bella-hating Victoria in next year's threequel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Lefevre's exit from the franchise has been attributed to scheduling conflicts. (For the record, she's not moving on because of a real-life relationship with Kristen Stewart that mirrors the one onscreen, or due to an emotional love triangle... We mean it! That's how rumors get started!) Regardless, it makes her the first major cast member to leave midsaga.

The 30-year-old Canadian beauty will bare her fangs for the last time in New Moon, which starts biting into the winter box office Nov. 20.

"We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise," Erik Feig, president of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions for Summit Entertainment, said in a statement Tuesday.

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