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Taylor Swift Is OUT Of Les Mis! Samantha Barks Cast As Eponine!

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Whoa! What happened here?!

Although Taylor Swift had been widely reported as the lucky lady to be cast as Eponine in the upcoming Tom Hooper-directed adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, it appears now that theater actress Samantha Barks, who played the role during the 25th Anniversary Concert, has won the role!

During the curtain call of Manchester's Palace Theatre performance of Oliver! last night, in which Barks is currently playing Nancy, producer Cameron Mackintosh appeared on stage to make the announcement for the first time to the cast and audience alike that the young actress had won the part - and according to audience members present, "the look on her face was priceless."

Check out her performance of On My Own from the West End concert (above)!

You can't deny she's a pretty solid fit!

But we can't help but wonder what went down behind-the-scenes that got Swift the boot? That was the role of a lifetime for her!

What do U think? Are U pleased with the new Eponine?

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40 comments to “Taylor Swift Is OUT Of Les Mis! Samantha Barks Cast As Eponine!”

  1. 1

    what happened is that taylor swift has NO talent and they needed someone that did!

  2. 2

    Taylor's talent lies in singing to tweenagers about lost love, breakups, never finding love, popular girls vs unpopular girls. She's very good at that. Taking on the role of Eponine in Les Misérables is a whole different ball game. She doesn't have the singing chops for the part.

  3. 3

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!! Now when is someone gonna OUT Taylor Swift for the lesbian she is?

  4. 4

    taylor is this years carrie underwood without the talent. plus taylor swift is a lesbian.

  5. 5

    Yay, Samantha's perfect for the role!

  6. 6

    Maybe it's because she can't sing? Maybe? Yes?

  7. 7

    Thank goodness! Now I can go see the movie. I don't mind Swift warbling and yodeling some 5-note love song, but let's not kid ourselves that she can pull off the role of Eponine. I think this is as much a good move for her as it is for the movie.

  8. 8

    What happened is what happens on your site every day. Online crapfest. It was too much for them to handle. The saddest part of it is that i hear that Swift was incredible in audition. So this decision was based on them being chickens.

  9. 9

    They probably finally realized she doesn't have the vocal range for this. Now I actually want to see it again.

  10. 10

    Re: Andre1 – I agree totally.Well put.

  11. 11

    YAY!!!!!! The Broadway God's are good!

  12. ajk_ says – reply to this


    Samantha Barks is incredibly talented and she's perfect for the role!

  13. 13

    Samantha Barks is truly an amazing performer, Les Mis is my favourite musical and I fell in love with it when I first went to see it in the west end with my mother, Samantha Barks was Eponine that night and left me in a flood of tears with her amazing performance! No one else deserves this part!

  14. 14

    Did they finally realize Taylor can't sing??? She probably can't act either.

  15. 15

    Re: dodgyend – they were not chicken. taylor swift was not right for the role at all. Samatha Barks is an exceptional actress and an even better singer. She is perfect for the part, just watch her performance of the song "on my own", taylor swift does not have the range that is needed for the role fof Eponine

  16. 16

    Taylor swift is not a strong singer everyone knows that … she seems like a sweetheart but it never made sense to me when I heard about her being in this movie because the girl cant sing and its a friggin musical lol….

  17. 17

    Guess they had second thoughts and saw Samantha. whether its because they were chickens or not, Taylor was not right for the part and Samantha is. I can only imagine how off key and flat Taylor's rendition of "On My Own" would be!!

  18. 18

    I love taylor but….THANK GOD!

  19. 19

    I just watched the clip. She is an amazing Eponine, she has the right vocal range and depth and not one note was out of tune. To sing Eponine you really have to be a very good singer because On My Own is a difficult number to sing. There is no way Taylor Swift could have pulled it off, she simply doesn't have the vocal range.

  20. 20

    thank goodness. Taylor Swift would never be able to sing as well as this.

  21. 21

    Taylor Swift has more talent then anyone else in this movie. She will be around far longer then any of these actors or "broadway singers". This movie has lost all its appeal, it could have been something compelling with Taylor but now its just another musical. The filming of the movie was in direct confrantation with her tour schedual.

  22. 22

    Re: chipsahoy – Oh hush up, child.

  23. 23

    Re: nayster – a "strong" singer? no, she's not. she might be able to carry a tune, but that doesn't mean she could even carry half of the music in les mis. im' not dissing her, even though she didn't deserve the role as eponine for many reasons, but she's not anything out of the ordinary.

  24. 24

    They must have realized Taylor Swift can't sing live worth crap.

  25. 25

    taylor is not a strong singer and she is not a good actress, she is only good at singing her song because she writes then and produces how they are going to sound to fit her low voice

  26. 26

    This is wonderful news. Although there is still the matter of Anna Hathaway as Fantine.

  27. 27

    She reminds me of Lea Michele, but Samantha's face annoys me less.

  28. 28

    she probably didnt do well when they started rehearsals because taylor was in london to start her vocal lessons for les mis. thank god they realized they made the wrong choice!

  29. 29

    Re: chipsahoy – Seriously? Watch Taylor singing live and compare it to this. How the hell does she have more talent? I actually really liked Taylor's second album but she can't sing and she can't act.

  30. 30

    You are just putting a blaring light on the fact that your beloved Taylor can not sing. Whomever put Taylor up for the part was being cruel. I guess her sycophants would hurt her singing rep to please her ego.

  31. 31

    Thank goodness!

  32. 32

    Talentless twit who appeals to simpleminded twats.

  33. 33

    aw i was looking forward to see how tay was going to pull of eponine.. but ive always listened to samathas on my own and a little fall of rain and they always make me cry! shes going to be AMAZING! at least now people will stop ranting about how they think taylor sucks, i mean its really unnecessary.

  34. 34

    Who cares what happened to Taylor? Did you watch that video? That girl is PHENOMENAL! Taylor is weak compared to her. She's fine for love songs and radio play but for a Broadway musical she doesn't have the chops. She barely has the chops for awards shows! And she sure as shit can't act. This girl put more emotion into that one song than I've ever seen come out of Taylor. Samantha Barks more than earned that role, she was born for it. Forget Taylor, make way for Samantha and start celebrating HER now.

  35. 35

    thank the Lord. while her songs aren't awful, (though they get really annoying really fast) taylor is awful live. She doesn't have much natural singing talent. Plus, she is a country singer who's main fanbase are tweens who also like Justin Bieber (nuf said.) When I heard that she might be playing eponine, my excitement for the film disappeared. This is my favorite musical and definitely needs to have a great cast. Casting some tween country singer would be a huge mistake. I'm so so SO glad they didn't go through with it.

    Can't wait for the movie to come out!! I love this musical.

  36. 36

    I think either Taylor turned down the role or they changed their mind and gave the part to someone else. I think that Taylor being in rehearsals for the film in London was just a rumor. She probably came close to getting the part and just went to meet the producers to discuss it. I don't think she was ever fully offered the role. And rehearsals are supposed to take place in New York.

    My guess is that Taylor Swift turned down the role when she realized the amount of commitment required for the part. Right now she has a lot of things going on. She is working on a new album and has a bunch of tours, not to mention the grammy's as well. I don't think that Taylor could have done the movie as it requires a lot of time and dedication. The producers probably realized it and they felt that it would be better to cast an unknown actress who has experience in it.

    Taylor definitely turned it down. Why do you think it took so long for us to hear a response? She had to see if she could do the movie and if it was really something she wanted. I am kind of upset because it would have been interesting to see how Taylor would appear in this role. Oh well.

  37. 37

    Re: chipsahoy – You are completely right, Samantha sucks, Taylor's the bomb and I'm fucking Matt Damon! Did you even watch the video? I doubt it

  38. 38

    Eponine is such a beautifully delicate role and should not be played by a celebrity. While she is the most coveted female role in the show, the show is not all about Eponine. She needs to compliment the story line with her mysterious charm, not because everyone knows who she is from television or the radio. Samantha Barks was probably the best choice they have made on this movie, besides Aaron Tveit.

  39. 39

    Thank god! Taylor as Eponine would have been a travesty, Samantha Barks was good in the 25th anniversary DVD.

  40. 40

    I am not happy about this for one bit. i am actually very upset that they chose a new Eponine. i think they should've kept Taylor Swift as the character and not have changed the person to Samantha barks to star as Eponine in Les Miserables. >:( :( >:( :( >:( :( >:(
    GRRRRRR >:( :(