Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried Offered Roles in 'Les Miserables'
While plenty of A-list talent like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen have taken roles in Tom Hooper's new adaptation of the classic Broadway musical Les Miserables, two key roles had yet to be filled. However, now Twitch has two separate reports with word that Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried have taken the roles of Eponine and Cosette respectively. Swift had previously been shortlisted for the integral role while Seyfried's name has come out of nowhere for the project, but both have their own unique musical chops to back them up on the big screen. More below!
While Swift is obviously a chart-topping singer, her acting experience has been relatively limited to small roles in Valentine's Day, a forthcoming voice role in The Lorax and a guest spot on "CSI." Meanwhile, Seyfried has been all over the big screen and only just recently brought her singing talents to film in the adaptation of Mamma Mia, but she's also a trained opera singer, so her talents will be most welcome. Their musical strengths will be tested though as it's been recently reported that the stars of the musical will not only be required to record their own songs for the film, but they will have to actually sing while filming as well. While I know there's lip syncing that usually happens on set, especially with take after take putting the strain on one's voice, I've heard of some musical stars still singing on set so it still looks genuine, but in this case, it might be mandatory, hence all the real singing talent on board.
For those just joining us, here's the official synopsis of the classic musical: Jean Valjean, an ex-con, has transformed himself to become mayor and the owner of a factory. But when he is moved to help one of his former workers, Fantine, Valjean’s past is brought to light, and he is forced to abandon everything to run from Javert, the chief of police, dead set on bringing him to justice. Nine years later, Cosette, Fantine’s child, has been raised by Valjean and has fallen in love with Marius, a fighter in the French revolution (after whom another, named Eponine, also pines). With Javert on the hunt and a revolution tearing the city apart, in the end, everyone is forced to question what they’re willing to sacrifice in pursuit of love and justice. The film hits theaters on December 7th, 2012.
Update!: We've got some good news as of the afternoon, if you're fans of Amanda Seyfried. Deadline has followed-up and confirmed that Seyfried is in "final negotiations" to play Cosette. We're still waiting to hear confirmation on Taylor Swift and her involvement, but at least one half of this news is confirmed, as Seyfried has been offered and accepted her part. We'll continue to keep you updated on Les Miz!