Taylor Swift and Lea Michele Racing to Play Eponine in 'Les Miserables'

December 01, 2011 01:42:33 GMT

In addition to Swift and Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood are in the running for the coveted role in the Tom Hooper-directed musical.

Taylor Swift and Lea Michele Racing to Play Eponine in 'Les Miserables'
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Four beautiful stars are reportedly in the running to tackle an important role in "Les Miserables". According to New York Post, Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood auditioned to play Eponine in the musical film.

It will be a difficult choice for director Tom Hooper since each of the starlets has her own acting and musical talent. A source said that Michele "knocked it out of the park" when she auditioned for "The King's Speech" director. Besides, she's experienced in playing young Cosette in the Broadway take on "Les Miserables".

Johansson, meanwhile, is praised because she "brings acting ability and she can really sing." As for Wood, the actress "brings her indie cred." The source additionally said that the Swift casting will mark the country singer's major move to Hollywood.

In the Victor Hugo's classic novel, Eponine a.k.a the Jondrette girl is described as a child who is pampered by her parents, The Thenardiers, before she ends up becoming a street urchin as she grows up. Eponine then falls in love with a man named Marius and dies trying to save his life.

"Les Miserables" has already tapped Anne Hathaway to play female lead Fantine, Hugh Jackman to star as leading man Jean Valjean, and Russell Crowe to portray police inspector Javert. Eddie Redmayne and Geoffrey Rush also support the movie.

Written by William Nicholson, "Les Miserables" centers on the struggle by ex-con Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert. The original play was opened in London back in 1985. It featured popular songs like "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring Him Home". Universal Pictures has scheduled to release the film in U.S. theaters on December 7, 2012, just in time for next year's Oscar race.


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posted by classics on Dec 29, 2011
Definitely HAS to be Lea Michele for Eponine!!! There should be no question about it!
posted by tsfan on Dec 01, 2011
If Taylor's in the movie, I'm going to watch it for sure. :)
posted by Anon on Dec 01, 2011
Taylor Swift, while talented and I enjoy her newer stuff, is all wrong for Cosette. Anyone who knows anything about Les Mis would know this.
posted by oh yeah i love TS on Dec 01, 2011
TAYLOR NEEDS THE ROLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yea the others are great actresses, but it would be good for Taylor to be in another movie, after her minor role in Valentine's Day. I am the most obsessed taylor swift fan that has ever LIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Joe on Dec 01, 2011
Please Taylor is great but this part is ALL wrong for her. She doesn't have the right voice and the she doesn't have much acting experience. Lea or Evan are much better fits.
posted by jkkkll on Nov 30, 2011
Taylor swift is the one!!!!!!!!! :) she has AMAZING talant and you said something about singing.....UMMM HELLO......we are talking about a 4 time Grammy winner and maybe more and you saw her acting she is talented all around!!!!!! PICK TAYLOR!!!!!!!
posted by Serge on Nov 30, 2011
find out more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson actress clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..
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