Stage Star Samantha Barks, Not Taylor Swift, Cast in 'Les Miserables'

January 31, 2012
Source: Variety

Samantha Barks

The beginning of the year originally brought us news that both Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried had been offered roles in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's new adaptation of Les Miserables. However, Seyfried is the only one out of the duo who has gotten the role as Variety reports stage star Samantha Banks, who played the role of Éponine in a 2010 London production of the Victor Hugo classic, has snagged the same role for the feature film adaptation. She joins a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen. More below!

There seemed to be some backlash when Swift was even considered for the role, but I would've liked to see her try it out with this cast. I think Swift has some genuine talent on the acting front, and obviously she can sing pretty well. Lea Michele of "Glee" was also up for the part and would've been another interesting choice, but of course, it's just as well that someone who has real musical experience is taking the role since we've heard about the actual singing that's supposed to take place on set as opposed to just the normal lip syncing. The musical adaptation is slated to this theaters on December 7th this year.

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  • Txsrangerfan08
    Wow this is literally the best news I've heard lately!!!! I'm so excited now! If you go back to the very first article saying that Les Miz was going to be a movie, I totally commented saying that Samantha should play Eponine.
  • I read it's not gonna be a 3D movie.
  • Anonymous
    Thank the gods!
  • norm
    Samantha "Barks"? She ain't that bad lookin...
  • gardenerman
    I have nothing against Barks, and am happy for her.  Even so, I am getting annoyed at all the la de dah purists (Hey.  It's only a movie for crying out loud!) who hounded Taylor Swift out of the cast.  I love Taylor Swift. 
  • gardenerman
    Can someone tell me how to pronounce Eponine?
    • Sdsd
      • Yllo
        Emphasis on the "eh" because of the accent mark.  EH-po-neen.
        • Larry
          Thank you
    • Mazocal
      epo- ninne
  • Guest
    Totally agree with the choice, although to be fair, Mr. Anderton, the "interesting" choice of Lea Michele wouldn't have been too weird....Before Glee, she'd been on Broadway a few times, and was originally supposed to play Eponine in the last Broadway revival, but turned it down to play Wendla in Spring Awakening, also on Broadway.
  • Spike
    For those who don't know this woman came from a BBC talent show called I'd Do Anything which was Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for his Nancy for a stage production of Oliver Twist. After seeing her on that series this woman has potential.
  • Guest WHo
    Not to dock on Samantha Banks but Lea Michele has a lot of stage experience (she's been on broadway since she was young). The kids on Glee is surprisingly very accomplished "Around the same time that the show (Spring Awakening) was set to go to Broadway, she was offered the role of Eponine in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables." From wikipedia. Fyi, not really a fan of Lea (kind of annoying).. just thought people should know her accomplishments.




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