LES MIS Producer Reveals Taylor Swift Auditioned for Role of 'Eponine'
According to Showbiz411, country music star Taylor Swift had vied for the role of 'Eponine' in the blockbuster film LES MISERABLES. The news was revealed at a recent party when Les Mis producer Cameron Mackintosh told the site's Paula Schwartz that the young pop star had auditioned for the role. Relatively unknown West End star Samantha Barks was ultimately cast in the part.
"She's a lovely woman and she auditioned, and she was completely un-starry. And she's talented," said Mackintosh of the country singer. "It's just that actually the requirements of that role were better fitted by Sam."
He continued, "Every single person in this film, whether they're known or unknown, auditioned for this movie. Nearly every name you've heard in the gossip columns are true, came up for Eponine, and it's wonderful I think that somebody completely unknown got it."
Asked whether he regretted not casting the big-name singer with a huge fan base, the producer maintained, "We didn't need it. LES MISERABLES is the star."
Helmed by The King's Speech's Academy Award-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISERABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.