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Big Screen Les Miserables Eponine Casting: Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood and Taylor Swift in The Lead

Big Screen Les Miserables Eponine Casting: Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood and Taylor Swift in The Lead

It’s battle of the Eponine hopefuls for The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s big-screen version of Les Miserables.

It’s battle of the Eponine hopefuls for The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s big-screen version of Les Miserables, according to the New York Post.

The shortlist of Eponines – the character who sings the showstopper “On My Own”—consists of Broadway baby and Glee star Lea Michele (who played young Cosette on Broadway pre-Glee, when she was a kid), Scarlett Johansson (who’s released an album), Evan Rachel Wood (of Across The Universe singing splendor, and who has lately been proving her vocal chops in YouTube appearances) and country pop darling Taylor Swift, who picks up mounting awards, accolades, and platinum records with every album.

Lea “knocked it out of the park” according to a source close to the film (take that for what it’s worth) but the others also bring their own strengths to the role. Apparently, Scarlett leads in “acting ability,” while Evan brings her “indie cred.” The anonymous source doesn’t name exactly what T-Swift would bring to the table, but alludes to the allure of the pop princess making a major shift to movies. It worked pretty well for Whitney Houston, for a decade there.

The cast is already filling up with major talents: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Geoffrey Rush have all signed on to the production.

While the entire NY Post piece sounds like the musings of a tween fangirl, with a show queen and some slightly older fangirls on staff, we couldn’t resist a game of ‘let’s cast Eponine.’ We’ve included the supposed frontrunners and a few of our favorite actresses with vocal chops in the poll.

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