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