Casting News: Justin Timberlake Joins Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve; Taylor Swift Loses Les Miserables Role to Samantha Barks
Posted 02.01.12 by Ryan
Since appearing as Sean Parker in the 2010 Facebook drama The Social Network, Justin Timberlake's acting career has been on the rise (we'll ignore providing the voice of Boo-Boo in Yogi Bear for the sake of argument). With Timberlake set to appear in Joel and Ethan Coen's upcoming musical Inside Llewyn Davis to start the year, the singer/actor will follow that with the baseball scout drama Trouble with the Curve, which will put him opposite Clint Eastwood.
The movie will be the first Eastwood has only acted in since 1993's In the Line of Fire, and will see him playing an aging baseball scout who embarks on a working road trip to Atlanta with his daughter (Amy Adams), a rising attorney. THR reports that Timberlake has been cast as a young scout who may be Adams' love interest.
Robert Lorenz, Eastwood's longtime producing partner, will direct Trouble With the Curve, which is set to start production in Atlanta this March. Matthew Lillard (The Descendants) was recently cast as a fellow scout.
Singer and actress Taylor Swift (Valentine's Day) seemed like a lock for the role of Éponine in the upcoming musical adaptation of Les Misérables from Academy Award–winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) after being offered the part earlier this month. However, it looks like the musical will have to do without Swift's fanbase as THR reports that British stage actress Samantha Barks will play the role instead. Having played the role onstage twice already, Barks was informed of the news when Les Misérables producer Cameron Mackintosh announced the casting during a curtain call for a stage production of Oliver! at the Manchester Palace, where Barks is currently playing the role of Nancy.
Barks joins a cast that includes Hugh Jackman as ex-convict Jean Valjean; Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, the orphaned girl that Valjean promises to look after; Anne Hathaway as Cosette's mother, Fantine; Russell Crowe as Valjean's adversary, Inspector Javert; and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as Cosette's caretakers, Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, who are also the parents of Éponine. Barks revealed her excitement over the casting via her Twitter.
Words cannot express how much I appreciate all the amazing support I have received from everyone! I haven't stopped smiling!!
Les Misérables was written by William Nicholson (Gladiator), which will utilize Claude-Michel Schoenberg's score and Alain Boublil's lyrics from the musical based on Victor Hugo's book. Production is set to begin this month and will be released on December 7th by Universal.