Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson All Vying for 'Les Miserable'by: Posted:
Depending on how one looks at, casting the upcoming film adaptation of Broadway smash "Les Miserables" too many major talents auditioning for so few roles may be the nicest problem a director could possibly have.
Numerous main roles have already been packed with award-winning and nominated talent. Hugh Jackman is already set to lead as paroled convict Jean Valjean, Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe will play relentless inspector Javert upon Valjean's trail and "Rachel Getting Married" and "The Dark Knight Rises" star Anne Hathaway will play ill-fated Fantine.
Now, The Huffington Post reports that Evan Rachel Wood, Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, "Glee" star Lea Michele and Grammy-winning country songstress Taylor Swift have all emerged as contenders to play Eponine Thenardier.
According to the New York Post, so far, Michele's audition "(knocked) it out of the park." Despite her proven vocal range, Swift would be a surprising inclusion, since her acting experience doesn't extend much beyond music videos and a role in "Valentine's Day."
On the other hand, it's not like Wood has the proven set of pipes the other three do. So that may even things out a bit.
The cast will also include Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter as Marius and Madame Thenardier respecitvely. Jackman appeared unconcerned about casting earlier this fall when The Huffington Post asked him about whether reports on choices for respective parts concerned him.
"Nah, whatever. Obviously, I don't really read them," he said. "At the end of the day, what matters is when you made the movie. All the other stuff, it's kind of amazing how much public interest there is in deal making, the how a movie gets made, I find it interesting obviously, but if I wasn't in the business, all I'd care about is watching it."
Though Victor Hugo's classic novel set amid the French Revolution has seen the silver screen several times, but this will be the first time the musical has been adapted.