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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. 51
    Amanda Says:

    Also, obviously everyone who says Taylor deserves the role has never seen the production of Les Mis themselves. There is not one aspect of Taylor that fits Eponine’s personality and since Taylor cannot act (as seen in Valentine’s Day) how the hell is she supposed to do justice to the character? And Eponine is a very popular character. You don’t want to mess with the Les Mis fandom with the casting for her. And let’s not even get into the singing portion. Les Miserables is 100% singing and Taylor Swift cannot sing for her life.

  2. 52
    TR Says:

    Someone from the production must have listened to Last Christmas by Swift and said “OMG she can’t sing! What were we thinking!?”

  3. 53
    well... Says:

    What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall at that audition. I can’t even begin to imagine what Taylor Swift must have sounded like trying (and failing) at performing as Eponine. Can someone please leak just one song? One scene? Anything? Please. I imagine it would go something like Chris Klein’s Mama Mia! audition and the possibilities are simply titillating. Obviously she scared the piss out of the director/producers because they wouldn’t trade singing ability for millions of fans. You know it’s bad when money isn’t enough in Hollywood…but I digress.

  4. 54
    giuseppe sallo Says:

    Simple case of the media blowing smoke over. I don’t think swift would have taken the part anyway.

  5. 55
    GG Says:


    Oh, so having a Phd means you are smart?? I work at a University and some of those with PHDs are some of the dumbest. I know I’m no brain, but I can hear, and I know Taylor could not have carried a role this big with her weak voice. When are you obsessed fans of hers ever going to realize she cannot sing that well? I don’t dislike the girl. I think she has great class about her and a lot of charisma, but her singing is anything to be desired.

  6. 56
    jd Says:

    this was almost as phony as her dating Jake Gyllenhaal

  7. 57
    GG Says:

    Guess this was one thing Scott Bruchetta couldn’t buy or fix for her.

  8. 58
    Julia Says:

    Agh Samantha Barks? Horrible person!
    Taylor Swift would of been great! Just needs a vew vocal lessons like Nick did to play Marius.

  9. 59
    JeriDiary Says:

    Just Jared, interesting how the majority of us are very happy that TS is NOT going to be in this production but yet when I tried to THUMBS UP THE FIRST 4 comments it made it a negative. The first comment had like over 50 likes and when I hit the thumbs up it made it a negative by 2. So my like turned into 48. I just view the first page and it looks like all the likes were dumped. IT IS YOUR SITE JARED SO YOU WILL DO WHAT YOU WANT. ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS DID TAY TAY PAY YOUR SITE? * I’ve learned that bloggers can be bought

  10. 60
    Gia Says:

    @ Jen…. You MAY have a PHD – but you may also need to look into getting a hearing aid. This girl is talentless. She has a very flat voice, w/no vibrato at all. When all the little girls (who listen to her) grow up, she won’t sell records any more. Sorry, but facts are facts. There is a very good reason why she has never been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. They only induct people that have long standing careers & they know she doesn’t. They KNOW she is a teeny-bopper artist. Face it, she can’t sing & was given this “role” as a country singer because she was cute. I will love it when her demise as an “artist” happens. The ONLY reason she gets awards is because of teeny – boppers & because the country music scene doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. They all “stick together” & are nice people, therefore they aren’t going to really tell her she can’t sing. That is what the Opry is for. Hence – why they haven’t inducted her. Hell, Carrie Underwood was inducted just a couple of years after starting in country music! Why do you think that is MS. PHD???? Go back to school & learn some common sense! – And go to the doctor & get some ears that aren’t tone deaf.

  11. 61
    Gia Says:

    @GG: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your comment! Read mine below yours. LOL – we pretty much said the same things.

  12. 62
    Aarron Says:

    @AmberWaves: Why are you so obbsesed with bashing Taylor Swift? your pretty scary actually its like your a stalker or something, no one really cares as much as you do. And Taylor doesnt advertise at all, she is never in magazines and never on tv. The only time you will hear or see Taylor is if you listen to the radio or search her name on google. Taylor is one of the least exposed super stars in America.

  13. 63
    Aarron Says:

    @Gia: Your the same people who said Taylor would dissapear in a year when she started…its now been 6 years and she’s the #1 country artist in the world and one of the best selling artists in all genre’s. This idea that Taylor only sings kidy songs and that all her fans are little girls is just profoundly wrong. Im guessing you have no real knowledge of Ms.Swift and that your just some deadbeat child who is threatened in some way by her. Taylor Swift is at the very beggining of her career and I cant wait for the rest of the ride.

  14. 64
    steffie321 Says:

    aaron, gia, jen and gg are all the same person replying to itself.

  15. 65
    Scott Says:

    @veronica: First of all Veronica you need to calm down this is a stupid comment section. Second you shouldnt even be on this article if all your doing is saying negative things toward a person you have never met. I relize that your probably a 15 year old girl…and well im not, but I will reply to you anyway pretty much becasue you called me a ******. First thing you have to relize is that you need to take your own advise and see that not everybody likes the people you do. You shouldnt let your apparent hate of Tayor Swift blind you. I for one love Taylors voice I think she sounds like an angel and would rather listen to her then anyone else. You obviously dont and thats fine. Why is Taylor famous? Becasue her “fans” love the way she sings and she connects with us. You dont think so, so your not a fan. Why do Lady Gaga and LFMAO have more views on youtube? Well first of all…who cares its youtube all these people have stupid amounts of views, and second theirs alot more whores and ****** then decent people who like that trashy music. With that said niether of those two groups have more fans then Taylor as seen by Taylor beating them in album sales and beating Lady Gaga in every fan voted award they have ever been in togather. As far as Adele goes she’s just the hottest thing of the year. As far as broadway singers, they only do it for 2 reasons 1. they actually really like it. and 2. they have big voices but nobody cares so they go to broadway to get paid for it. Im a fan of Taylor Swift and I really dont care if you are, she doesnt need you as a fan. If you actually sat down and listened to her I think your opinion of her would change. Taylor will have a very long career and will continue to make her fans happy. I have spent WAY to much time on this and no im not retarded Veronica.

  16. 66
    steffie321 Says:

    Peace to any Swift fans. However, if you are not familiar with Les Miserables and the vocal talented needed to be in that show then do your research. Then you will understand. Just like when Swift attempted the Star Bangled Banner she should not put herself in those situations. She is good at what she does, that is it.

  17. 67
    maria Says:

    @Scott: I don’t dislike Taylor. And I agree with most of what you said, but there is no way on the face of this earth that you can say Taylor sings like an angel. You can’t be serious. She sings one kind of song well…….country. But that does NOT require great voice range, at all. Musical theatre requires very broad range in vocals, and Taylor simply does not have that. I admire her song writing, her fun, easy songs, and her dedication and joy of performing for her fans. But this does NOT make her right for this role that requires SO much more. Even trailers of the Lorax are painful, because she has no depth or emotion in her speaking voice. She is just not an actress either. She needs to keep her day job……she’s very good at that.

  18. 68
    carolinagirl Says:

    @irene olson:
    You are wrong on so many levels. Taylor is not talentless. She may not be the best vocalist but she can somewhat sing, she is getting better. She is a great writer, can play the piano, banjo, guitar, ukulele. I saw her back in June and she kicked a$$, Best concert that I ever went to. What a hater you are.

  19. 69
    carolinagirl Says:

    She can too sing.

  20. 70
    carolinagirl Says:

    @sweet girl:
    You are not supposed to hate anyone jerk.

  21. 71
    aquarius64 Says:

    I think the studio heard the outcry of Swift’s being cast in this role and feared a box office backlash, so they gave the role to another girl. Congratulations Samantha!

  22. 72
    Scott Says:

    @maria: Maria you sound much more sensible than most on these boards. But like I said before I find Taylor to have a wonderfull voice. Trust me I wouldnt be buying her albums or listening to her if I didnt like her singing, and niether would the almost 6 million other people who purchased her latest album. I cant explain why there is two polorizing sides to this but there is. You dont think she sings that well and thats fine. As for the movie, I did want to see Taylor in this movie because I am a fan and I do want to see her act. Maybe this wasnt a good starting movie though because of the great acting that is needed, that said this new girl is no actor either. I think Taylor should start acting in a few less challanging roles as I do want to see her act. The potential acting and broadway singing aside the actual character of Eponine was perfect for Taylor.

  23. 73
    Shireoki Says:

    @AmberWave. Alot of your comments are opinions and not facts, therefore are arguable. Opinons: Taylor can’t sing. People only like the way her songs are wrote and not her voice. She’s in people’s face all the time and that’s why people like her. I don’t know what your point is because these are all arguable. Maybe you should just keep your comments “intelligent” and stop putting “LOL” on everything that’s not very funny anyway.

    - I’m glad she didn’t get the roll, her voice is not strong enough. However I love Taylor for what she does and what she represent. I also love the songs they let her sing and help her wrote. I don’t see what’s wrong with her being in people’s face all the time, so far she’s a good role model for young girls. She has a pleasant enough voice with a positive enough message compare with the booty shaking songs or something vulgar.

  24. 74
    paula Says:

    I still say that Lea Michele is the best option but anyone other than Taylor Swift is good. At least this Samantha Barks person has experience.

  25. 75
    okok Says:

    people can argue about her ‘talent’, acting, music career etc but les miserables is NOT for someone like her.. or lea michelle (or kristen stewart.. because you know someone was pulling for her). This is a beautiful story that shouldnt be associated with any pop star.

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