Jackman was chosen to sell tickets.
I don't doubt this. But Jackman is also a Hollywood actor who has plenty of experience on Broadway. He's won a Tony Award or two. Considering he has acting chops as well as a pretty good singing voice, I think casting him was the best thing they could have done. This isn't the stage they are performing on. This is film.
And, once again, if Samantha Barks doesn't win Best Supporting Actress than the Oscars should shut up shop.
The reviews I have seen on twitter say she's great at singing but her acting is merely average in the film. Anne Hathaway steals the movie and her version of "I Dreamed a Dream" reportedly brought the whole house to tears. It's hers to lose.
This post was edited on 11/26 at 5:54 pm