Samantha Barks cast in Les Miserables. The casting of Samantha Barks in Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables (2012) answers the question of who will play Eponine in the film adaptation. Samantha Barks was chosen for the role of Eponine by Les Miserables producer Cameron Mackintosh. Samantha Barks joins a Les Miserables cast that already includes “Russell Crowe (Javert), Hugh Jackman (Valjean), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) and Aaron Tveit (Enjoiras) in the musical that Universal Pictures and Working Title will release”.
Samantha Barks stage acting credits include starring as Eponine:
in the London production of Les Miserables in 2010 and reprised the role in the 25th anniversary concert held at the O2 Arena last year. In fact, the stage musical and the movie’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, announced today from the stage that Barks had the role after she completed a West End performance of Oliver, playing the role of Nancy.
We previously wrote about other Les Miserables casting here: Les Miserables: Anne Hathaway joins Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper.
About Les Misérables:
Les Misérables (literally “The Miserable Ones”; usually…French pronunciation: [le mize?abl(?)]), translated variously from the French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims), is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a seventeen-year period in the early nineteenth century, starting in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion.
The novel focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It examines the nature of law and grace, and expatiates upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. The story is historical fiction because it contains factual and historic events. Contrary to what some believe, it does not use the French Revolution as a backdrop. The French Revolution took place in the eighteenth century; Les Miserables takes place in the nineteenth. The only “revolution” depicted is the June Rebellion, a student uprising.
For more Les Miserables photos, videos, and information, check out our Les Miserables Page. Les Miserables will be released in US theaters through Universal Pictures on December 7, 2012.