The country star has been offered the role of Eponine in the star-studded upcoming film adaptation of the musical “Les Miserables,” TwitchFilm first reported and BroadwayWorld.com confirms. Amanda Seyfried, the sites report, has been offered the role of Cosette.
If a rumor first reported by the NY Post in late November is true, Swift’s casting represents not only a major step in her acting career but also a major and perhaps unexpected victory over a number of star actresses vying for the part in the Tom Hooper-directed film. The Post reported that Scarlett Johansson, Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood were all auditioning for the role as the daughter of the Mr. and Mrs. Thernardier, who will be played by Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. To date, Swift’s acting has largely been confined to music videos, a part in “Valentine’s Day,” a guest spot on “CSI” and upcoming voice acting in “The Lorax.”
Seyfried, who is classically trained as an opera singer and appeared in the film musical “Mamma Mia!,” also has an interesting challenge ahead of her: she will be portraying the daughter of Fantine, who is to be played Anne Hathaway.
The stars round out a cast that also features Hugh Jackman in the lead role of Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert. Eddie Redmayne, who was seen this fall opposite Michelle Williams in “My Week With Marilyn,” has been cast as Marius, which given the casting of Swift and Seyfried, continues his streak of epic good luck.