updated 05/18/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/18/2010 AT 11:45 AM ET
Catherine Hardwicke, director of the first Twilight film, who was closely involved in casting the ensemble of actors, is under no illusions about the seriousness of the current salary dispute involving Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.
“It would really break my heart if they were replaced, but it could happen. Things could turn ugly quickly,” Hardwicke, 54, said this weekend at the Twilight Convention in Vancouver.
Cullen kids Lutz, 25, and Greene, 23, reportedly had a three-picture deal, which expired, and are trying to score paydays of about $1.5 million as work begins on the next installment, Breaking Dawn. But Hardwicke says the young actors might not even be all that involved in the negotiations.