Four Stars, One Role

Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift and Lea Michele are battling Evan Rachel Wood for the role of Eponine in next year's Les Miserables movie. Which starlet will win the coveted role?

Four of the biggest names in entertainment are duking it out for one of Hollywood's most coveted roles.

Eponine will be one of the big female roles in next year's big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Les Miserables. Naturally, several notable actresses are competing for the role. Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson and cute-as-a-button country singer Taylor Swift have both auditioned for the part. But so have Broadway alum Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood of Thirteen infamy.

With at least four qualified ladies vying for the same role, Les Mis director Tom Hooper -- the man behind the camera on last year's big Oscar darling The King's Speech -- is having trouble deciding which starlet to cast.

Oy! Sounds like quite the pickle.

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"Each star has her own magic ingredient for the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel," a source close to the production blabs.

"Scarlett brings acting ability and she can really sing," the source reveals, adding that Lea "knocked it out of the park" during her audition. Evan "brings her indie cred. And Taylor (who made her acting debut in the 2010 ensemble comedy Valentine's Day) "has a huge pop fanbase," notes the insider.

The starlet who lands the Eponine role will join several cast members already confirmed for the feature: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter (as Thenardier and Mme. Thenardier, respectively).

The Les Miserables movie is the adaptation of the hugely-successful stage musical of the same name. Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel and set in 19th-century France, the plot follows paroled prisoner Jean Valjean as he seeks redemption.

Les Miserables opens in theaters Dec. 26, 2012.

Which actress do you think is best for the role of Eponine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Image courtesy The New York Post

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LesMisLover January 12, 2012 | 5:14 AM

Personally I don't think any of the above ladies would be particularly suitable for the role. They are all too glamorous for the role of street urchin Eponine; she should be a contrast to the pure and pretty Cosette. Why can't the casting directors look into auditioning other actors, less well known, maybe even unknown? They have nearly a whole cast of famous celebrities now; why not give the coveted role of Eponine to someone who can do it really well rather than just casting someone because of their fanbase? The film will bring in enough viewers as it is, without one extra star in the mix.

Joe Burns December 03, 2011 | 11:24 PM

Lea Michele 100% has the chops for this. you have to feel for this character and the others just wont cut it. Taylor is sweet but not convincing, Johanson is annoying, and evan rachel wood dated Manson so I would find it hard to feel for that one.

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