Taylor Swift Out, Samantha Barks In for 'Les Miserables'

Taylor Swift Out, Samantha Barks In for 'Les Miserables'

Taylor Swift will not be co-starring in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

The 22-year-old country star had been linked to play Eponine, but Universal Pictures has confirmed that West End performer Samantha Barks will take on the role, according to Playbill.

“Most incredible moment of my life!!!!” Samantha, who starred in both the London production of Les Mis and the show’s 25th anniversary concert, tweeted.

She’ll join a cast that already includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eddie Redmayne.

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  • gertrude

    As it should be. I would still choose Lea Michele over Sam, but any experienced girl from musical theater would be so, so much better than Taylor. I love Taylor, but I wouldn’t think of her as Eponine. I’m glad she’s out, that means she has more time to focus on her fourth album instead!

  • mags

    i love singing along taylor swift song, but i think good news that she not playing eponine, give other people a chance to make it in hollywood, shes rich and super famous i dont think she’s good on it

  • gertrude

    I’m sure she’s going to write about this on her next album

  • cookiejar21

    @gertrude: hahaha, your comment made me rofl..as much as i love taylor, i think she’s not cut out for it

  • ilovetaylo

    i prefer taylor

  • http://www.taylorswift.com wonderstruck to Paulie

    Bad Choice

  • merlin’s mum

    @wonderstruck to Paulie: Why is it a bad choice to cast an experienced theatre performer over a pop star? No disrepect, but she isn’t an actress.

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  • dhwh

    fuck just jared jr why i my comment not appears??whyyyyyyyyyyyy??

  • ezzy

    im so glad samantha got the role over taylor. samantha was amazing as eponine in les mis in the uk and wish her all the best of luck

  • tom

    It is nice to see a major studio correct a big mistake in casting. Samantha is wonderful and this role needs a good actress, not a country singer who can not act. If they went with some one famous it would have been nice to see Lea get the role. Eponine is to important of a part to put in Taylors inexperienced hands.

  • http://julie93hsm julie

    THIS IS ALL KINDS OF WRONG!!! ok, all of them can sing and act, but they have to LOOK like the people from the book. huge respect for the cast, but i mean come on! how can you destroy the characters like that! FIRST: russel crowe isn’t good 4 the role of javert, because javert’ is dark, his mother is a gipsy. SECOND: anne hathaway isn’t good 4 fantine eighter, cause fantine has blond hair, anne has to die her hair. they should’ve chosen amy adams instead. THIRD: amanda seyfried is a great choice for cosette, but cosette has brown hair, if she dies her hair, that’ll be ok with me. FORTH: taylor swift was PERFECT for eponine, eponine is skinny, light and fair, blond with blue eyes. neighter samanta, nor lea look like that. FIFTH: helena bonham carter as madame thenardier- same as eponine – fair, light, which helena is not.. SIXTH: eddie redmayne isn’t good for marius, cause marius has dark eyes and black curly hair – just like nick jonas (jonas hater here speaking, didn’t like him in the play eighter). i think that’s enough of arguments why it looks so bad. so my question: why should you make a movie, when the characers don’t look the way they’re supposed to? victor hugo made them look like that for a reason, the casting crew MUST stick to this, they MUST respect the genius of hugo. don’t get me wrong, i admire the cast and the people concidered for the roles, but i’m a die-hard les mis fan (the book mostly), so i think at least in honor of victor hugo they should’ve chosen the characters properly. i would’ve fire the casting director.

  • Amanda


    … I don’t think you have any idea about what you’re talking about.

  • Amanda

    Anyways, it was a good choice to boot Taylor and give the role to Samantha. She is very, very talented and deserves it. It will be nice to see at least one person in the movie who doesn’t have a name in Hollywood already.

  • merlin’s mum

    @julie: Umm it is not a film of the book, it is of the musical where a lot of things from the book are not even mentioned. Plus, you do understand about hair and make-up yes?

  • ezzy

    @julie: i agree with merlin’s mum,the film is being based on the musical and not the book so they are all perfect for the roles they have got

  • http://www.taylorswift.com wonderstruck to Paulie

    @merlin’s mum: please don’t judge the book by its cover especially if you’re not a judge.

  • merlin’s mum

    @wonderstruck to Paulie: But you still haven’t explained why casting a person, experienced in the part is a ‘bad choice’ ?

  • gochio

    @ wonderstruck to Paulie:
    I like Taylor, really but she can’t act very well. Did you see Valentines Day? Anyways they can change any actors hair color/ eye color etc… to make them look more like the role. They’re better off cutting Taylor from the cast.

  • haley

    @julie Well first off, I love les mis, and in the 25th anniversary special Cosette was blond, and her double was blond too. I’m just saying, specific things as hair color aren’t important because there’s things call HAIR and MAKEUP. Look at the cast of the Hunger Games, they all look NOTHING like their characters. They were painted dark, dyed their hair, and makeup as follows. The girl who plays the main character is very fari with blond hair, in the movie she’s very dark, brown hair, and grey eyes. And she looks great.

    So cool your panties and stop bashing these actors’ talent, because they honestly casted the best people I could imagine.

    And Lea Michelle is great, but her voice is too stand out-ish, and I personally don’t think it blends well with others.

  • Paige

    Samantha Barks did a great job in Les Miserables, way better then Taylor would have.

>>>>>>> staging1