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Good news!

Taylor Swift has been passed over. The role of Eponine has gone to Samantha Barks from the 25th Anniversary Concert instead. I'm not a huge fan of Samantha, but I will HAPPILY take her over Taylor. She's got experience and true pipes. Hopefully someone will talk to her about smoothing out her accent.

Read about it here: broadwayworld.com/article/BREA…

Also, Grantaire's casting has been made: George Blagden. Fresh out of drama school, it'll be interesting to see how he does.
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EponineMarius Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Thank god.
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Welcome2TheTeaParty Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Yessssssssssssssss. You have no idea how happy this makes me.
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tiannangel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
this is probably the most relief-inducing news i've ever heard.
she's not my favourite of course, but i much prefer her over taylor swift. at least she can sing.
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jeanvaljean24601 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
idk I really liked Samantha.
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Wolflinge Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
George Blagden has my vote!
I don't like this song, but I like his voice for my dear R:

[link]
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captinjaneway Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent!!!
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Milady-Vanity Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1 word: BOOYA!
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EccentricElf23 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
DEAR GOD THANK YOU. YESSSSS.
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musicalobsession Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
YESSSS NO TAYLOR!! :DDDDDDDDDDDDD
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FutureCosette Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Yay!!
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MdeLucena Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Whatever happens, I do hope for the sanity of the Les Mis fandom that the movie'll be better than the Phantom one. And it's already looking like it is. As long as they keep Enjolras' vest as his main costume. People will hang if they don't.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Am I the only one who will flip a few tables if they do? I just... don't love the vest that much. But maybe I'm alone in that!
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:iconmdelucena:
MdeLucena Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
You're probably not the only one, but I just think his vest is his thing, like the Phantom and his mask. But I'm only thinking of the musical when I say that. Since they are more likely to change everything, what would you like to see him (or any of the characters) wear?
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it's all about what you're used to. I can understand that argument - it's of course an iconic piece of the musical, and I bet many will miss it if it's gone. It's just that personally I'm not that wild about it. The production I've seen the most doesn't have it, so I'm not really used to seeing it onstage anymore, even...
For Enjy, I think something along the lines of [link] maybe. That's how he's dressed like in Åbo Svenska Teater, Finland. I think the original Red Vest kind of screams "SHOOT ME" when he's on the barricade - I prefer the more subdued version there!

As for all the characters... That's a hard one!
Well, for most of them, I'm okay with the standard West End stuff. Notable exception: Cosette - get rid of that black lampshade of a dress and give her something pretty, it even says in the book she liked pretty dresses! Also, the Thénardiers' Beggars at the Feast costumes must be seriously toned down for the movie, now they're so over-the-top it hurts... :P

What do you think?
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MdeLucena Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I see what you mean by "Shoot Me!". Tis almost garish but maybe they were trying to get across how proud he was in being the leader of their barricade thing.

Hmm, can't think of any right now apart from definitely no bright yellow 25th anniversary Thenadier tights. No, just...no.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's a simple thing, actually, why they have the red vest. Enjolras's name isn't as much as mentioned in the show - they have to have some sort of a clear visual to set him apart from the revolution crowd so the audience will remember him. Maybe that's needed in the movie, too... But I do wish the script has his name in the film! :D

Yeah, no for those... :P
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Liz24601 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
EEEEEEEEK!!! I'm impressed with the casting, they're actually making a musical-movie with REAL stage actors for Les Mis!! Colm, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit... ^___^
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xXSweeneyLovettXx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK. GOD. FINALLY a Musical Theatre actor being cast in this movie - it's given me just a little bit of hope back...
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A-Rose-In-Misery Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great news, indeed! :aww:
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:dance:
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District-12-Tribute Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   General Artist
*does the happydance of joy*
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's not my favourite Éponine by any means, but she has a good voice, and I think good directing can improve her acting from the 25th Ann. level. So I'm happy about this!
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Durnesque Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, and at least she's an actual musical theater performer! If only they'd taken a couple of the other 25th anners.
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Prydester Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Whoa, what's wrong with everyone Samantha barks is a great Eponine fantastic choice. Right age good look she is going to look so good next to Eddie and Amanda. I was all ready for old' Taylor, because in all honesty I don't mind who is in it I am just happy my favourite musical I fell on love with at nine years old is being made into a film
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Durnesque Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
She's good, but not my favorite. I felt she left things to be desired in her 25th ann. performance. Though on the flip side, I did watch "I'd Do Anything" and was rooting for her there.
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Becca5002 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
:la::clap: YAYYYYY!
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lesmisphantofopera Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. When is this les mis supposed to "come out" or show? Is it an actual movie?
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Durnesque Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
December, this year. It is an actual movie.
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lesmisphantofopera Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool.
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BroadwayWolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:o :la: Yay! This just made my day! The 25th anniversary concert version was actually my first "cast" I saw. It was the first time I actually "saw" Les Mis (and I saw the 25th anniversary touring cast afew months later) So Samantha Barks is actually my first Eponine (and she's also one of my favorites)
I was pretty disappointed when I saw Taylor Swift was going to be Eponine...

First Aaron Tveit and now Samantha Barks. Is it possible to be more excited for this?
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xCrystalLightning Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
THANK THE GODS! I love Samantha Barks and I know she'll do amazing as Eppy! <3 Love you Samantha! :love:
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avi17 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Yay, good news! I wasn't that big on her either, but definitely a better choice than Taylor Swift.
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Anastasia-Pontmercy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Neither of them are very good, but I'd prefer Miss Barks over Taylor Swift. I was disappointed with her for the 25th anniversary concert, but the majority seem to think she is good.

But the more interesting news is that they cast Grantaire.
Fingers crossed that he will be as amazing as Anthony Crivello was. Because to me he counts as a very important character of the Abaisse friends.
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SamJackShipper93 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
YES!!!!!!!!!!
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MimiMarquez16 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
YES!!!! This has been bothering me so much! Go Samantha! So glad that they chose her!!!
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tlm13 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was sosososososo happy to hear this! I saw the article on Broadwayworld.com and nearly died of happiness/relief. She's not my favorite Eponine, but in comparison anyone is better than Taylor Swift! :D
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BenjixShingo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
YES YES YES YES

now i just wanna see the barricade boys and their casting. >D
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Southern00Belle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Erf... I'd take Taylor over Sam...
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Gurulazer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Best news I've heard all week! :D
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WanderingChild96 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! I'm not a huge fan of Samantha's but I did enjoy her performance in the 25th Anniversary Concert, and can't wait to see her in the film. And hmm... it'll be interesting to see how this guy does as Grantaire. Obviously Cameron approves, or I doubt he would have been cast.
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Let's throw a party!
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! :D I didn't realize how worried I was about Taylor Swift until I saw this post. I don't know this Samantha Barker, but I'll take her over Taylor Swift.
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xXMaybellXx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww... =c -sad-
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's not my favorite but this makes me so much happier!
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Fangfairy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YESYESYESYESYES!!!!!
Oh my God, you have no idea how happy I am right now.
Me and my mom are celebrating :P
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