Tom Hooper has his eye on country superstar Taylor Swift. The Oscar-winning director wants the singer to appear in his highly anticipated musical Les Misérables.
BroadwayWorld has confirmed that offers have gone out to Swift and actress Amanda Seyfried. If they both accept, Swift will tackle the role of Éponine and Seyfried will fill the shoes of Cosette.
Swift beat out some tough competition to land her part. Broadway and Glee star Lea Michele, Tony-award winner Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood were all vying for her role.
Last year, Swift spoke to MTV about her future projects and hinted that more movies were on the horizon. She said she's working on "some surprise projects that may or may not happen, and possibly some acting."
As for Seyfried, she's already appeared in her fair share of musicals, including 2008's Mamma Mia! Not only is she a talented actress, but she's also an opera-trained singer. That's great news, because Hooper plans to use the actors' real singing voices in the film -- not doubles.
Seyfried's character will work closely with Anne Hathaway who'll play Fantine, her on screen mother. The actresses are only three years apart in age, but with the right hair, makeup and wardrobe they could make it work.
The rest of the film's stunning cast includes Hugh Jackman as the lead, Russell Crowe as his nemesis and Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Redmayne in supporting roles.
Shooting rehearsals are slated to begin later this month.
Les Misérables is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 7.
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