'Glee' Star Lea Michele, Taylor Swift & More Up for 'Les Miserables'
With a stellar cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Redmayne already lined up for Tom Hooper's new big screen version of the classic musical Les Miserables, there are only a handful of major roles left to be cast. Two of the biggest roles, Eponine and Cosette, are for some young female actresses, and a shortlist as just been revealed for the former role. The NY Post reports a wide array of talents including "Glee" and Broadway star Lea Michele, singer-turned-actress Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood are all in the running for the part.
Coincidentally enough, Michele played a young Cosette in the Broadway show some years ago, and in a recent performance for Hooper, she apparently "knocked it out of the park." However, the source says Johansson's extensive acting experience is being weight along with the fact that she "can really sing" and Wood has her "indie cred" to bring to the table with some strong acting chops as well. The most unproven talent seems to be Swift who has much more experience singing than acting with the only voicing a character in The Lorax and a small part in Valentine's Day to her name. Frankly, I'd love to see Michele snag the role as she seems to be the most familiar with actual musicals, but we'll see what happens soon.