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Actresses Audition to Play Eponine in ‘Les Miserables’

Anne Hathaway remains the only female confirmed for a part
in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, even several
months after the project was announced. However, that might change very soon,
as four young actresses aim to grab a juicy role in the musical.

As reported by Playbill,
Scarlett Johansson, Lea Michele, Taylor Swift, and Evan Rachel Wood have
auditioned for the part of street urchin Eponine. This character, by the way, belts
the signature ballad “On My Own,” which the aforementioned Hathaway performed
at this past year’s Oscar ceremony and Michele sang on her hit television series
Glee. Michele also had her fair share
of experience in stage acting, playing in Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl and
starring in the Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening.

But the other actresses aren’t lacking in the musical
department either. Johansson cut an alternative rock album back in 2008, and
Wood led the Beatles-based rock musical Across
the Universe
alongside Jim Sturgess. Lastly comes Swift, who is more famous
for her three studio albums, Grammy Awards, and highly attended concerts than
her one screen acting credit in Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day.

All four could knock “On My Own” out of the park – that was
probably a major part of the audition, if not the only part of the audition.
However, something gives me the sense that this is really between Michele and
Swift. My personal allegiance would be with Swift, since I’m really curious to
see how it’d all work out and, well, let’s just say that her Fearless album was the soundtrack to my
freshman year of college.

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