Actually, I think I remember hearing that Evan Rachel Wood auditioned for Éponine. Pretty sure it was official... but as we know, she didn't get the part. I was kinda hoping for her to be cast at the time, as well; I'd have preferred her to Lea Michele, the other major name being frequently mentioned for the role. (To say nothing of Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, and Lucy Hale.)
In any case... yes, I love Across the Universe.
I've always been a big Beatles fan, and in retrospect, this and not Sweeney Todd
was my favorite musical film from 2007 -- beautifully done in just about all respects, though I admit it had its flaws. The album still gets frequent play on my iPod. (Is it blasphemy if I say I like the arrangements and vocal performances of a few of the songs better
than the original Beatles' versions?