By Michael Arbeiter, Hollywood.com Staff
We've heard much news on the casting of the developing film adaptation of Les Misérables. We know that Hugh Jackman will lead the story as the heroic revolutionary Jean Valjean, teamed with Anne Hathaway as the tortured Fantine and pit against Russell Crowe as the didactic Inspector Javert. We know that Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are taking the diabolical but comical Thénardier couple, and that Eddie Redmayne will play the kind and charming Marius.
Surprised by any of this so far? Probably notall of the cast members are pretty classic choices, seemingly tailor made for their respective roles. But these new bits of casting are slightly more on the offbeat side: singer Taylor Swift and blossoming actress Amanda Seyfried have been offered roles in the film.
We heard about Taylor Swift as a potential candidate some time ago. She was up against Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood for the part of Eponine, the spoiled daughter of the Thénardiers who falls for Marius in young adulthood. Although Swift is a talented singer, some of us might be surprised that she beat out the likes of Lea Michele, whose talents are uniquely celebrated among these potentials in both singing and acting. Swift has not officially accepted the part just yet.
Seyfried has been offered the role of Cosette, daughter of Fantine who is abused by the Thenardiers in childhood, is raised by Jean Valjean, and wins the heart of Marius. Seyfried also has a singing backgroundin opera, as a matter of fact (not to mention her role in Mama Mia!which certainly bodes well for the actress. Although being surrounded by the heavily prominent names of Jackman, Hathaway and the like makes Seyfried seem like sort of the cast's wild card, we'd be foolish to ignore her obvious talents. Seyfried, too, has yet to officially accept.
And so our excitement for Les Mis burns on. Keep fanning the flame, director Tom Hooper.