Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables has roped in another talented player to join its tsunami of a cast. Now, when you consider the existing players of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Redmayne, you might cringe a little at the idea of the role of Enjolras being filled by a Gossip Girl star. But cringe no further! Aaron Tveit is no slouch when it comes to musical theater.
Tveit may be recognizable foremost as Gossip Girl‘s Trip van der Bilt (and it doesn’t help that his character has the Gossip Girliest name imaginable), but he also has roots in Broadway acting. Tveit starred in Wicked, Next to Normal and the theatrical production of Catch Me if You Can. Tveit has shown artistic prowess on screen as well, having starred opposite James Franco in the Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl.
In Les Mis, Enjolras is the leader of the student revolution that is central to the musical’s story. Along with the aforementioned actors, Tveit joins Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift in Hooper’s developing adaptation of the musical.