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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's 'Les Miserables' May Add Seyfried & Swift; Trending Mainstream?

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2012 at 4:20PM

While we have high hopes for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," we've also noted our concern. Earlier, we noted that the films eclectic mix of talent could be volatile. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne may now be joined by Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift...
Swift, Seyfried

While we hold high hopes for Tom Hooper's film version of "Les Miserables," we've also noted our concern. Clearly, the film's eclectic mix of talent could prove volatile. Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anna Hathaway (Fantine), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier), Sacha Baron Cohen (Monsieur Thénardier) and Eddie Redmayne (Marius) may now be joined by Amanda Seyfried (as Cosette) and Taylor Swift (as Eponine).

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]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.