Principal Casting Announced for Phantom Film: 16-Year-Old Emmy Rossum is Christine

A 16-year-old New Yorker, Emmy Rossum, has landed a lead role in the upcoming film of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Really Useful Films announced June 13 that Rossum will play opera singer Christine Daae, whose voice is inspired by the Phantom. Already an acclaimed opera singer, Rossum has been performing with the Metropolitan Opera since the age of seven. She appeared in the television productions “The Audrey Hepburn Story,” “Songcatcher” and “An American Rhapsody” and was recently seen in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rossum will join 33-year-old Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who will play the title role, created on stage in London and on Broadway by Tony Award winner Michael Crawford. Butler began his career on the stage opposite Ewan McGregor in the stage adaptation of “Trainspotting.” His feature-film credits include “Mrs. Brown,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Dracula 2000″ and “Reign of Fire.” [story]


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