The Les Miserables movie-musical has just about rounded out its cast; BroadwayWorld reported yesterday that the producers have put out offers to country music star Taylor Swift and Mamma Mia! actress Amanda Seyfried to take on the two main female roles, Eponine and Cosette (respectively).
Despite having seen the musical (and the 1998 movie) multiple times, I always get these two confused. So here’s the necessary rundown:
- Cosette is Valjean’s (Hugh Jackman) adoptive daughter after her mother dies, although he actually pays the Thenardiers (Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) to raise her. Her famous song is “Castle on a Cloud,” though that’s sung by Young Cosette. She and Eponine are both in love with Marius (Eddie Redmayne), but Cosette is the one who gets him.
- Eponine is the Thenardiers’ biological daughter, a headstrong girl who’s secretly in love with Marius. She later disguises herself as a boy to join Marius in the student rebellion up on the barricades. Her famous song is “On My Own.”
Yeah, I’m still unclear—this musical confuses the hell out of me. My boyfriend, who’s a big fan, summed up the two characters pretty well: Really I’d say Cosette is more important to the story, even if Eponine is more famous. Of course, the most important facet is that they’re offering the roles to two women who can sing; Taylor of course, and Amanda, who was trained in opera prior to Mamma Mia!
So now we just have to wait and see if they’ll sign on.
The other established cast members are Anne Hathaway as Cosette’s mother Fantine, Russell Crowe as Valjean’s enemy Inspector Javert, and Aaron Tveit (from Broadway’s Next to Normal) as Enjolras, leader of the student revolutionaries. What I find most interesting about this adaptation is that the actors will have to sing live while shooting, instead of lip-syncing and filling in with studio vocals later.