Taylor Swift has largely had it her own way throughout her career, an ascension to global commercial success going largely unopposed since she first broke through in 2006 with debut single 'Tim Mcgraw' and a multi-million selling self-titled debut setting her on the way to international stardom. However, the 22 year-old has had to swallow a rare defeat after it was revealed today, February 1st, that she wouldn't be starring in the film adaptation of seminal play 'Les Miserables,' like so many assumed she would.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Swift was considered one of the front runners to take the role of the tragic Eponine, which would've seen her join an already confirmed cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne among others. In a surprise move however, the producer of both the original play and the upcoming film, CAMERON MACKINTOSH, announced that the slot would be given to the relatively unheralded British actress Samantha Barks.

Though untested on the silver screen, Barks does have history of playing Eponine, appearing as her over twelve months between June 2010 and 2011 - including a show at the O2 Arena in London to mark the play's 25th anniversary - something Swift does not. Barks is probably best known to the common punter in the UK as being the third-place finisher in the BBC talent show 'I'd Do Anything' which aired in 2008, seeing a number of contestants compete to play the role of Nancy in the West End production of the British musical 'Oliver!' It's believed that Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood and Scarlett Johansson were also considered for the role.