Taylor Swift Loses Les Miserables Eponine Role in Film

Entertainment Feb. 1, 2012 AT 8:51AM
Taylor Swift Loses Les Miserables Eponine Role in Film Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.com

Les Miserables will be sans Taylor Swift.

The country singer will not be playing the coveted role of Eponine in the upcoming film adaptation of the blockbuster Broadway/West End musical after all. Although the "Speak Now" crooner, 22, was in talks for the part, the tragic heroine who sings "On My Own" will be Samantha Barks, a musical theater veteran who did the honors in a 25th anniversary concert for the show.

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According to BroadwayWorld, theater mogul and Les Miserables' original creator Cameron Mackintosh announced the news Tuesday evening at the Manchester Palace, where Barks was a featuring performer in Olivier!

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"Most incredible moment of my life!!!" she later tweeted.

Other A-list actresses that had been in contention for the role include Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood.

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The film will be directed by Tom Hooper and has confirmed stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crow, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.

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