Amanda Seyfried Set To Join ‘Les Misérables’; Taylor Swift Offered Role

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:22 am,

There’s good reason for Musical Theater (and movie) fans to be excited to see The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s cinematic take on the Broadway musical version of Les Misérables.

Besides the impressive cast chock-full of stars who can both act and belt their lungs out quite well, the project will mark one of the rare occasions where actors and actresses will sing live on-camera, rather than pre-record their vocals and mime the lyrics while performing. Those classic Les Misérables (a.k.a. Les Miz) songs are also expected to be kept largely intact while making the jump to film form, courtesy of Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Elizabeth: The Golden Age).

Most of the major casting for Les Miz has been completed by this point. However, there are still a few pivotal roles that need to be filled – and now, one of those parts has been, while another looks to be in the near future.

Deadline has confirmed that Amanda Seyfried is in final negotiations to play the role of Cosette in Hooper’s Les Miz adaptation. Like the rest of the film’s cast, the popular young starlet also has a background in musical performance, having studied opera and trained with a Broadway coach during her teen years – not to mention, her singing in the Mamma Mia! movie and writing/recording of the single “Little House” for Dear John.

Twitch Film, meanwhile, is reporting that the role of Éponine has been offered to musician/actress Taylor Swift. For those who’ve been following this project’s progress, you may recall that Lea Michele (Glee) was previously thought to be all but a lock for the part. Clearly, that wasn’t the case after all (for better or for worse).

Here is a synopsis of the Les Miz musical (for those not familiar with the show):

Jean Valjean (in the film, played by Hugh Jackman), 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 (Anne Hathaway), Valjean’s past is brought to light, and he is forced to abandon everything to run from Javert (Russell Crowe), the chief of police, dead set on bringing him to justice.

Nine years later, Cosette (Seyfried), Fantine’s child, has been raised by Valjean and has fallen in love with Marius (Eddie Redmayne), a fighter in the French revolution (after whom another, named Eponine (Swift), 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.

Hugh Jackman may star in Les Miserables Amanda Seyfried Set To Join ‘Les Misérables’; Taylor Swift Offered Role

Les Miz is a widely-beloved and grand-scale Broadway musical that boasts many a famous, award-winning tune; its influence is so widespread that even those who are complete strangers to the world of song-and-dance performance onstage will likely recognize the show’s iconic image (see above).

Hence, it’s all the more encouraging to see that the musical is getting a pretty royal treatment, as far as having some really solid creative talent working in front of and behind the camera goes. Even someone like Swift, whose acting abilities are… well, questionable at best, is (arguably) an excellent fit for her onscreen counterpart in the film.

Les Misérables will be released in U.S. theaters on December 7th, 2012.

Source: Deadline, Twitch Film

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  1. Idc. Taylor Swift is nowhere near as good as Lea Michele. Michele can sing AND act. Swift can only sing (and that’s a stretch). Plus Michele has much more powerful vocals than Swift.

    Casting Swift is just a ploy to get more tickets.

  2. *sigh* I hate to beat a dead horse but you are wrong again.

    “Les Mis” has absolutely nothing to do with the French Revolutions, so please don’t call Marius “a fighter in the French revolution.”

    Furthermore that is not the “official synopsis.”

    Here is the real official synopsis:
    http://www.lesmis.com/about/the-story-act-1/#.TwYftSOGy9N

    You will notice that the story starts in 1815 and ends in 1833 (well the synopsis jumps only to 1832). Note that the French Revolution was in 1789.

    • That synopsis came courtesy of Broadway Musical Home, not me personally (see: http://broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/lesmis.htm). For the record, though, I thought it was pretty clear they weren’t referring to the 1789 French Revolution in particular – hence, they didn’t capitalize “revolution” in the synopsis.

      I’ve removed the “official” part, to avoid misleading anyone.

  3. I’m a fan of the musical, but with each casting update (particularly Seyfried, and especially Swift) I’m losing a bit of my anticipation.

  4. This whole movie being made makes me very sad. As a musical theatre performer, it’s such a travesty that such an amazing and extremely difficult show is being placed in the hands of actors that might happen to sing. This show doesn’t require just singers, it requires extremely trained and talented singers, and I doubt few of these stars will live up to the expectations set by the Broadway and even touring casts who have come before them. Even those within the group known to have sung – I.e. Hugh Jackman – in the past are cast completely outside their voice type. Bad decision, Hollywood.

    • its not a show its a movie, movie actors get this.

    • I’m not wanting to sound rude at all, I’m asking really just out of curiosity. What did you think of the movie? Was it as bad as you thought it’d be or did you actually like it?

  5. Sure, Swift may not be the best Eponine there ever was, but personally, I’m glad I won’t have to watch Lea Michelle. I’m not really a fan of her acting style, not to mention her singing voice. This is one of my all-time favourite musicals, and I’m looking forward to this movie, no matter the dubbed “poor” cast choices or the “travesty” of this classic being adapted for film. Methinks it is quite awesome, especially that the singing will be live instead of lip synced. PSYCHED. :)

  6. Seyfried is the best for Cosette role…let’s wait and see!