December 1, 2011

Scarlett Johansson Could Join Les Miserables

NewYorkPost is reporting that a few actresses are now testing for roles (Cossette and Eponine) in Tom Hoopers' (King's Speech) Les Miserables. The actresses include Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood. The first two seem like names to keep the studio happy but won't ultimately get the parts.

The cast already features Hugh Jackman is Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe is Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway is playing Fantine (Cossette's desperately poor mother) and Eddie Redmayne is Marius (Cossette's love and French revoutionary). Geoffrey Rush who played Javert in the 90's film is rumored for the role of Monsieur Thenardier.

I haven't been too interested in the project up to this point but I feel if they do end up getting Scarlett in there I might have to check it out. That being said if it's an awards bait musical they should be getting actors who can sing, not singers who could act.

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