April 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Joni Mitchell fans, I’m not sure how you’ll take this news, but here it is anyway. Variety reports country singer Taylor Swift may play Joni on the big screen. An adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book “Girls Like Us” – following the lives and careers of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King in the 1970s – is headed for the big screen, and Swift has been circling the role for months.
Weller’s book follows the coming of age and rise to stardom of now-legendary singers Mitchell, Simon and King in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For Mitchell, the daughter of Canadian farmers, epiphanies and inspirations came in the form of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and French chanteuse Eith Pilaf. Simon was influenced by the operatic Broadway musicals of Gershwin while King idolized the more accessible and populist Rogers and Hmmerstein. Variety also reports indie actress Alison Pill has auditioned for the role of King, though how close she is to the part is unknown. Swift herself also does not yet have an official offer, though one could be coming soon. The film itself hasn’t even been greenlit, but production is already tentatively scheduled for later this year.
Swift caused quite an internet firestorm when several months ago it was revealed she may be close to landing the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.” For whatever reason, West End stage actress Samantha Barks got the role instead and Swift maintains she never officially got the role in the first place. She made her big screen debut in Gary Marshall’s ensemble rom-com “Valentine’s Day” and also voiced the year’s first blockbuster smash, “The Lorax.” “Girls Like Us” would mark Swift’s first leading dramatic movie role.
January 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Well, that was fast. Literally minutes after we learned that Amanda Seyfried has been offered the role of Cosette in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of “Les Miserables”, Twitch Film breaks even more big news, reporting that country singer Taylor Swift has emerged as Hooper’s choice and has the offer to take the role of Eponine. If earlier reports are to be believed, Swift beat out Evan Rachel Wood, Scarlett Johansson and “Glee” star Lea Michele for the role, quite a coup for the singer who has only dabbled briefly in acting – and not all that successfully.
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen and Anne Hathaway have signed on for the “adult” roles in the musical, and now it seems the cast is rounding out with youngsters who will populate the second half of the story. Fans and even non-fans of the musical know Eponine is a pivotal character in that climactic second act, as the poor street urchin who befriends and falls for Eddie Redmayne’s Marius, and more importantly, sings perhaps the most famous song from the musical, “On My Own.” Swift has her critics, for both singing and acting alike, but certainly being so young and new (especially to acting) lends credence to the conclusion that she has some hidden potential that Hooper was able to elicit from her during auditions. If she accepts, she will join an impressive cast of up and comers that also includes Broadway vet Aaron Tveit as Enjolras.
Swift has had two hit country/pop albums and countless music awards under her belt, but as an actress, has only appeared on one episode of “CSI” and in a supporting role in Gary Marshall’s ensemble rom-com “Valentine’s Day”, which is the source of much of the derision for her acting abilities. She has also voiced a role in the next Dr. Seuss movie, “The Lorax”. Certainly, there is much room for growth and the potential to surprise.
“Les Miserables” begin rehearsals this month and filming in March. It has a sooner-than-you-think release date of December 7, 2012.
November 5, 2010 | Posted by Tamara Manne
A new role for Charlie St. Cloud’s Zac Efron? Slashfilm states that there’s been talk of Efron being offered a role in the Warner Bros. upcoming live-action remake of the anime Akira; although, this has yet to be confirmed.
Albert Hughes will direct the first of the two-part adaptation penned by Albert Tores.
Last month Efron was confirmed as the voice of Tommy in The Lorax. The 3-D CGI version of the Dr. Seuss book will be headlined by Danny Devito as the Lorax, and is targeted for release in March 2012.