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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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83 Responses to “Taylor Swift Not Playing Eponine in 'Les Miserables'”

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  1. 1
    mellamonanci Says:

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

  2. 2
    good news Says:

    anyone is better than taylor swift

  3. 3
    loverducky Says:

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

  4. 4
    InTheIndustry Says:

    Now she will write a song about it!

  5. 5
    Sara Says:

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

  6. 6
    jime Says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. 7
    Sara Says:

    and the other girl is realy cute BTW

  8. 8
    Ant Says:

    they dodged a bullet!

  9. 9
    AmberWaves Says:

    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!

  10. 10
    Martha Says:

    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!

  11. 11
    megan Says:


  12. 12
    heather Says:

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

  13. 13
    lisa Says:

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

  14. 14
    jesslyn Says:

    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!

  15. 15
    irene olson Says:

    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.

  16. 16
    austin Says:

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

  17. 17
    Louise Says:

    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!!

  18. 18
    kami Says:

    this makes much more sense.

  19. 19
    sam Says:

    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.

  20. 20
    lisa Says:

    @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.

  21. 21
    kami Says:

    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.

  22. 22
    Nicole Says:


    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 *****. 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.

  23. 23
    lisa Says:

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

  24. 24
    jen Says:

    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.

  25. 25
    joe Says:

    evan rachel wood would have been better or maybe lea michele

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