Hooper wants his cast singing for themselves, and there are only so many actors that can be depended on to vocally deliver. Seyfried sang her way just fine through "Mamma Mia!" and now definitely needs to stretch her acting chops. ("In Time," "Red Riding Hood," "Chloe," "Letters to Juliet" and "Dear John" weren't exactly standouts; "Mean Girls" remains her best work.) Seyfried also has the Linda Lovelace biopic in production.
Swift, meanwhile, certainly can sing and opened SNL with charm, but these casting choices suggest the film is aiming for mainstream (even tween) appeal. Word is Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood were also in the mix for Eponine. [Via TwitchFilm]