Saturday, December 3, 2011
Lea Michele May NOT Be a Shoo-In for Les Miz Film
Who wouldn't want to see Lea Michele as Eponine in the much-buzzed-about upcoming film version of the megahit musical Les Miserables? Given the latest piece of news I just read, it may be that film's producers. I have just read that, while she gave a knockout audition for the role, but that the producers are still considering strongly such Hollywood favorites as Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as recording star Taylor Swift. While the merits (and demerits) of each of these other options can be debated back and forth, there is no doubt that Michele has both the acting and singing chops to pull off the role and, because of her Emmy-nominated role on Glee, you definitely cannot argue that she is not a star name that could draw in audiences. Most relevantly is that she also has some experience with the show, having made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway production when she was 8 years old (as young Cosette) and played Eponine in the 2008 Hollywood Bowl concert staging.