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Taylor Swift Offered Les Miserables Role as Eponine

01/05/2021 10:49 PM ET

Taylor Swift Les Miserables - Taylor Swift has reportedly been offered the role of Eponine in the upcoming screen adaptation of Les Miserables. If this turns out to be true, as thrilled as we are for Swift landing one of the hottest roles in Hollywood — Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood were all allegedly gunning for the part — many critics feel it’s a terrible idea for several reasons.

Though the singer and the character of Eponine share a lot of the same qualities — they’re both young and prone to falling in love with the wrong guys and singing about it — which is why the critics can’t stand behind this choice of casting.

The show requires extremely gifted actors.

Les Miserables is a musical, but it’s an emotional drama, too, and director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) certainly knows that by the pedigree of the rest of the cast he’s picked out: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, and just-announced Amanda Seyfried, who will playing the role of Cosette.

Not all of the these people are Oscar winners, but they’re all fairly respected actors who have previously done impressive work in their field.

And then there’s Swift in Valentine’s Day.

Much of the singing will be filmed live on-set. Swift is obviously a singer with that experience — one of the most successful singers the music industry has right now — but being able to sing country-pop songs you’ve written specifically for your voice is a lot different than being able to pull off beloved Broadway standards that require some extreme belting.

What’s more, the film opens on December 7, 2012, and rehearsals begin next week. This means Taylor will barely have any time to focus on her follow-up to the immensely successful “Speak Now” album. We already knew it would take her at least a year to write the new songs, but if she’s too busy rehearsing, filming, recording and promoting Les Miserables, we’re looking at a major album delay.

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