Taylor Swift Offered Role in ‘Les Miserables’ Movie
Taylor Swift has beaten Hollywood stars like Lea Michele and Scarlett Johansson for the role of Eponine in the film adaptation of 'Les Miserables.' According to Twitch, director Tom Hooper also auditioned Evan Rachel Wood for the pivotal roll in the legendary musical, but it's the 22-year-old country star who's received the offer.
Broadway World reports that the film is set for a Dec. 7, 2012 release and that all cast members will be singing live on film. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have the lead roles, playing Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert respectively. Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter have also agreed to take roles when filming begins in March.
'Les Miserables' opened in London in 1985 and is the world's longest running musical, surpassing 10,000 performances in January 2010. The story is based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, in which a paroled prisoner (Valjean) seeks redemption. It's set in early 19th century France and includes scenes set around the bloody 1832 Paris uprising.
Swift's character is the daughter of an unscrupulous innkeeper. and her heartbreaking love story provides a few of the more memorable moments from this saga.
Additionally, Swift is set to star as Audrey in the animated film 'The Lorax' when it opens in March.