According to IMDB and broadwayworld, here are the cast of the upcoming Les Miserables movie that is planned to be released this December:
1. Jean Valjean - Hugh Jackman
2. Fantine - Anne Hathaway
(Hugh and Anne are great actors as well as singers too! Watch and listen to them singing by clicking these following links; Oscar 2009, another in Oscar 2009, Oscar 2011, Tony Award 2011, another Tony Award performance in the previous year, The Boy from Oz, Ella Enchanted)
3. Javert - Russel Crowe
4. Thernardier - Sacha Baron Cohen
(I'm not really sure....)
5. Marius - Eddie Redmayne
6. Cosette - Amanda Seyfried
(her voice is beautiful! Watch Mamma Mia!)
7. Eponine - Taylor Swift
8. Enjolras - Aaron Tveit
9. Madame Thernadier - Helena Bonham Carter
The news was overwhelming until I saw Taylor Swift name. I didn't know that she is actually capable of singing musical and playing Eponine (or probably not really). It disappointed me even more when I found out that Lea Michele was also nominated for that role.
Taylor is a great talented musician and that's what makes her a big name in the industry without a question. When it comes to playing the role of Eponine, I definitely go for Lea Michele. Here are the reasons why:
- Lea has been on the musicals even longer than Taylor whom as far as I've known, has zero experience on it. Lea was even on Les Miz portraying young Eponine when she was 8, then she has performed "On My Own" (an iconic song of the role) several times. Lea has also been on the other Broadway, such as Tony Award-winning "Spring Awakening". And her remarkable character and talent on Glee add ten plus point for her as an amazing singer, as well as an actress. Lea Michele undoubtedly has everything that it takes to play the role of Eponine and she'll nail it successfully just like the original cast, Lea Salonga.
- Lea's voice is larger than her life. Lea has that voice that can express everything effortlessly. On the other hand, I really doubt that Taylor can do that because I'm sure that her voice is actually perfectly tailored for pop/country. What is the highest, the longest and the loudest note can do? (Well, if she does have a big voice, then why not everyone knows about it right away? Why waste such talent? Those questions once popped out in mind and that uncertainty probably what makes disappointment and disagreement in this case)
Those reasons above aren't intended to sort of mock Taylor's voice, but to judge which one deserves the role of Eponine fairly because I really have no idea that Taylor could be trusted to play the role.
Speaking of Broadway, I found the new video of Connie Talbot singing Wicked's iconic song, "Defying Graavity" (she appeared on Britain's Got Talent and many other shows in US with her incredibly voice that is rare to be found on children on her age)
(And yes, she looks so pretty)