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Taylor Swift Not Playing Eponine in 'Les Miserables'

Taylor Swift Not Playing Eponine in '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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  • mellamonanci

    Thank you God! Someone screen tested her and realized they would need a singer, a real singer.

  • good news

    anyone is better than taylor swift

  • loverducky

    This is actually probably the best news I have heard so far this year…

  • InTheIndustry

    Now she will write a song about it!

  • Sara

    first Blake Lively …and now Taylor Swift …OMG Hollywood is sane again

  • jime

    thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Sara

    and the other girl is realy cute BTW

  • Ant

    they dodged a bullet!

  • AmberWaves

    I’m laughing as I type! To think. She went thru all that trouble to go to London, and to stage fake photos walking around Princess Diana’s Memorial park, and then lunch with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Chris & Gwyneth try never to be photographed together. So you know this was a Taylor set up. She was so pushy, leaking the news as if it was a done deal. I’m glad for the other girl who has worked so hard in the live, musical theater and she can really act and SING! Good for you, Samantha!

  • Martha

    This is great news! Finally they realized they needed a really talented performer to play Eponine, which is probably the most important role (due to the great musical numbers) next to Jean Valjean. I still wouldn’t have minded to see Lea Michele in the role, but Samantha Barks taking on the role is great news!

  • megan


  • heather

    so they actually got a theater professional!!
    god bless the person who made this genius move.

  • lisa

    Good Lord you people are ridiculous. Perhaps now the whining will stop.

  • jesslyn

    lea is too over-the-top in all her ways and mannerisms. not attractive imo. and horrible for the role. they made the right choice – theater pro!

  • irene olson

    Yes, there is a film god. Taylor Swift is so talentless……..cannot sing, definitely cannot act…..but she can swing her hair around. Having a great publicist is her greatest asset. I would not have seen this movie with Taylor Swift in it, but now I will. I so enjoy the play and am now excited for the movie.

  • austin

    @irene olson: and dont forget having a fan base that doesnt have fully developed brains yet.

  • Louise

    Samantha is truly talented and this is well deserved. Thank the lord they took casting seriously, I was worried by the thought that Taylor Swift would be cast as her voice is nowhere near strong enough. I’m still not very keen on some choices but on this I think they made the best decision for this character. MOST of the cast stems from theatre and has a Musial theatre background which is going to be very important if they want to get this right. No offense to Taylor Swift, I’m sure she’s good at what she does but this is very different to being a pop star. Phew!!

  • kami

    this makes much more sense.

  • sam

    not to be rude but she can’t sing les mis. I honestly would find it almost impossible that she would be considered for such a huge role.

  • lisa

    @AmberWaves: m Congratulations a lot of assumptions with no facts. Taylor has said not a public word on anything regarding doing the part and it would have been difficult to do given that Taylor has a tour scheduled for when the movie is supposed to start shooting. So it could just have easily been negotiations with Taylor fell through because she couldn’t make it work and they decided to go with this girl or they have a different role in mind for Taylor which has not been announced as yet. People have taken unofficial information and have used it to needlessly attack someone over a role in a movie. The childish behavior is disturbing and says more about the people doing it than about Taylor.

  • kami

    i have no problem with taylor and think she’s a very nice person. but i thought taylor got the role and rehearsals had already started. this was on the perez site with pix of taylor in london:

    “Earlier this month, the official announcement was made that the most coveted role in the new film adaptaion of Les Misérables was snatched by Taylor Swift. While many other bright, talent girls were up fro the role of Eponine, Swifty swooped past the competition to win the part.
    Seems things are starting to get underway for flick as Taylor is currently in London and was spotted going into rehearsals for the film.”

    it could mean she dropped out because of her touring schedule.

  • Nicole


    Lol are you stupid? Taylor was offered the part, went to London to sort out the details then turned it down bc her tour starts in march. How is walking in a park “staging” photos. You sound like a bitter bitch. She is good friends with Gwen and Chris and despite your claims they are photoed in the UK and in the papers here often. Americans just don’t care about them so you don’t see the pics.

  • lisa

    @austin: Yeah because attacking someone based on a not confirmed rumor shows the height of intelligence. Bullying and name calling is adult behaviour.

  • jen

    We are going to let the record sales talk for whether or not Taylor can sing!!
    As one of her greatest fans…..with a PhD!!! I resent the comments in regards to her” fan base not having fully developed brains”
    If Taylor is not in this movie….I am not interested.

  • joe

    evan rachel wood would have been better or maybe lea michele

  • thetis


    A PhD does not mean you have musical taste anymore than being able to swim makes you a duck – so what’s your point.

    Taylor Swift is a songwriter not even Nashiville thinks she’s that great a singer – and she certainly can’t sing Broadway.

    Most of her fans like her songs not her talky, sticcato singing style

  • Mary

    I don’t care if Taylor turned down the part or not. What’s important is that she is not going to be Eponine. Thank you God!

  • lisa

    @Mary: Yes because God really cared that Taylor Swift was possibly going to play a part in a movie.

  • elli

    @joe: this is a huge role. I don’t think either of them could carry it.

  • AmberWaves

    LOL! You single me out for criticism, but a lot of people feel the same. Yes. . Gwyneth and Chris have said they try not to be photo’d together. They go out to eat all the time. But this time there were pictures? Plz! FYI: The internet allows us to see news papers and websites from London too.

    Taylor isn’t a singer or a songwriter. She’s a marketing invention. Her label has real writers “fix” her “songs.” Taylorbots think the rest of us are stupid. She set up “candid” photos before, when she was “spotted” with someone. She would have screwed up the movie by making sure she was getting publicity from the minute she started rehearsals.

    If she knew she had a tour coming up, why go to London and meet with the producers? There was no scheduling conflict. She thought she could go and convinced them. Especially with the whole world seeing the photos. And they said no.

    BTW: What ever happened to that guy she was spending so much time with in Nashville. The one where there were photos of his house with her car parked out front. Gosh. Paparrazzi in a Nashville neighborhood! LOL!

  • loverducky


    Well, if he was a musical theatre fan, he would!

  • http://MOIANU58@YAHOO.COM k12

    THIS IS THE BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK.taylor swift can t sing,act,she isn t good for movies.I m very happy right now.

  • plf

    @AmberWaves: too true – but no one believes that actors set up a photo op for their ‘outings’. The same way they don’t believe singers lip sync or that demi lovato’s in rehab again.

  • mags

    lea who? no, nooo, i dont want to see diva on the red carpet, actually doesn’t matter whos playing eponine read the supporting cast, amazing, like alice in wonderland supporting cast awesome

  • icefire

    great news, samantha did a great time on the 25th Anniversary concert

  • lisa

    @AmberWaves: You sure like to make your opinion known even when you know nothing. That guy you speak of is a friend. Gwyneth and Chris do try to avoid being photographed together but that doesn’t mean it never happens. I have no idea the details of her meeting in London but to answer your question it could have been to see if they could have worked out the conflict with the shooting schedule or to speak about doing something else involving the movie. I didn’t know saying nothing at all regarding the movie through her representatives or via the studio was a way to court publicity.

  • leo

    Shame, I would have loved to see how Swift would have worked the role. she would have brought something special to it IMO if managing to nail the vocals

  • AmberWaves

    The “blindness” of Taylor fans is scarey. FYI: You don’t formally announce that you’re being considered for a part, or talk about it directly. It gets out because your people make sure they start some buzz for you. It’s part of the strategy, the campaigning for parts.

    But if you don’t get the part, you look bad. So, if Taylor’s people didn’t leak it out, and I believe they did leak it, that she was up for the part, then they should have stopped the speculation. Instead they fed it. They probably thought her fans wouold jump on the bandwagon and show the producers how popular she is. Fortunately, they didn’t go for it.

    Now that an announcement has been made, there’s more chatter about Taylor losing out, then there is about the very wonderful girl who did get the part. Taylor has a lot to learn. Her fans need to also learn that not everyone in the entire world is a huge fan of Taylor Swift. I think her PR is way too much. She is always in our faces. We never get a break. Like brainwashing. LOL!

  • stan

    All the posters in here seem to have that problem. Including you.

  • stan

    You are so delusional that it hurts.

  • Sam

    I was beginning to think the casting director was deaf to even consider Swift for the part. Thanks God the actors have to sing live and Swift definately can not sing live at all. The girl can not sing or act and has won so many unearned awards that she thinks she deserves to kwin and get what she wants. She would be nothing if not for her little fans who obviously do not know anything about good songs and vocals. Swift has to have all the bells and whistles at her shows to detract from her terrible vocals. Swift did not turn down the part–she just did not qualify for it at all.

  • stan

    “The reason she’s sad in the pictures, she didn’t get the Les Miserables part. All the rest of the crap from USWeekly is just that: crap. She got over Jake long ago, believe me, I know from people that know her. She’ll be flying home any day now, not in London for weeks or months. Its a shame really, I hear she blew the directors away with her audition but the online crapfest by people that hate her was too much, they’re afraid her presence would negate any possible award nominations. “

    Wow. They chickened out because of the crying of desperate biatches like we have on this site? Wow. I hope this film tanks good.

  • Issie

    I think Taylor’s songs are catchy, and I have absolutely nothing against the girl or what she does. but taylor fans are delirious if they think she is God’s gift to the earth. she’s great at what she does….pop music targeting girls in their teens and 20s. she’s no brilliant songwriter..her lyrics, although catchy and relatable, are nothing inspired. she’s a good singer..she is not the best singer in the entire world nor can she carry a broadway movie. im not saying shes a horrible singer, but stop defending her for a second and realize there are different types of singers in the world. her voice is suited for pop, it’s not strong enough for broadway. and lastly, her acting role consists of acting like a ditzy blonde girl on valentine’s day. not exactly difficult to do…do you honestly think she can go from that to les mis?

    stop being so defensive. not everything is a personal attack on taylor. it just makes NO SENSE for her to get the role of eponine. it would be like miley cyrus playing wendla in spring awakening. it just doesn’t make sense.

  • http://MOIANU58@YAHOO.COM sweet girl

    I Hate taylor swift.

  • speaktruth

    Oh thank God! Can you imagine?!?! There’d be Helena or Anne doing AMAZING and then…..Taylor haha

  • Scott

    You want to know why these people sing on broadway? Its because they cant make it in the real business. They are the failures of the real music world who no one liked enough to sign. Most are the blandest of singers, yea they have big voices but that means nothing in real music. Trust me they would rather be making millions then making nothing as broadway actors if they could. This movie has lost its edge without Taylor she was the most interesting person connected with the film.

  • veronica


    yea. shut up. Thanks. Get over it. Go buy a speak now concert ticket and allow us to be happy. I’ve seen taylor during award shows and interviews, she’s such a graceful person, why cant you be seeing that you’re a fan of her’s. geez. Taylor is amazing yet her craziest fans are babbling defensive idiots.

  • Scott

    @AmberWaves: Taylor controls every aspect of her career..their is no marketing team that controls her like every other artist except jon bon jovi and paul mcartney.

  • veronica

    @Scott: are you retarded? Ok look Scott. I agree with you that people who make it big make more money, heck, I’d rather be a hollywood star than a broadway singer because I love me some cash BUT to say they cant make it into the real business? People who are talented join broadway. Where are you from? Broadway actors aren’t exactly poor. Veteran actors receive probably more than you do in half a year or more. Taylor is good at marketing her brand, Why is she famous?
    1. Her song are catchy. There’s no arguing that she can write. I’m not arguing
    2. Her personal life. Deny all you want,but after Kanye and Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner and the rest, it’s obvious that it helped in boosting her name.

    People who make it big are not necessarily edgier, it’s how they;re marketed that makes them more famous. Do not associate “fame” with real music. Do you even like real music? Real music is subjective, a garage band is very much “music” as much as Lady Gag’s performance during an award’s show.

    Taylor cant sing as well or act. Why cant you Taylor fans admit that? Am I saying shes the world’s worst singer? No. but shes not the best.

    This film has a lot of stars in it. Just because you and a whole clan of emotional teenagers and stubborn taylor fans love taylor, not everyone does. Go on Youtube, why is it that people like Adele, and LMFAO, and Lady Gagaa receive more views for their music videos that Taylor swift’s music videos do? because not everyone likes her. Yea, she sells albums, but that’s from her fan base. Her fan base is huge,. but it doesnt mean EVERYONE’s a fan. Check the guiness world book of records 2012, taylor’s in it, but only for country or something, i forgot, but trust me, there were bigger names with bigger records. taylor only had one entry, therefore, making her a famous singer, but not the most famous and not the most adored. Stop trying to shove Taylor swift down our throats, You’re just going to make the rest of us dislike her more. Her fans are rather poisonous to her career, Good God.

  • Amanda

    Whether Taylor was actually offered the part or not, she doesn’t deserve the role and I’m very happy that Samantha is getting the chance to be Eponine. She is a very talented young lady.