I dreamed a dream of a Misérables January

The film's poster plays on the iconic West End image of Victor Hugo's CosetteLes Misérables hits screens in January 2011 and the first posters for the film, featuring Javert, Valjean, Cossette and Fantine were released by Universal Pictures this week.

A cinematic adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel turned  Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer musical has been in the works since the 1980s. Now it has finally come to fruition under the watchful eyes of Tom Hooper, the Academy Award winning director of The King’s Speech.

Musical theatre veteran (and ultimate Oscar host) Hugh Jackman takes on the iconic role of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman who had been imprisoned for stealing bread. Valjean breaks his parole and is on the run. Part-time musician (who knew?) Russell Crowe becomes ‘the law’ as Inspector Javert, a policeman who dedicates his life to tracking Valjean down.

Jackman is no stranger to the stage having performed in musicals like Oklahoma and The Boy from OzCrowe makes his on screen musical debut with Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway shaved away her luscious locks to play Fantine, a struggling factory worker and mother of an illegitimate child, Cosette. She is eventually forced to turn to prostitution to support herself and her daughter (cue the pixie cut). Amanda Seyfried is Cosette, who has blossomed into a beautiful teenager under Valjean’s care.
Hathaway is a musical theatre veteran and was widely praised for her duet with Jackman at the Academy AwardsSeyfried thanked Abba for the music when she had a dream as Meryl Streep's daughter Sophie in Mamma Mia

 

The film is hotly anticipated by musical theatre fans worldwide and the search for the cast sparked widespread debate online. Lea Michele and Taylor Swift were two of the names touted as being considered for the role of Eponine which ultimately went to Samantha Barks. Musical theatre lovers may recognise Ms Barks from the BBC’s I’d Do Anything. You can check her out in action as Eponine on stage just below.

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Eddie Redmayne is Marius, a role recently played by former teen heart-throb Nick Jonas while the seemingly versatile Sacha Baron Cohen takes on the role of Thénardier, father to Eponine and Gavroche. Helena Bonham Carter joins forces with Hooper once again, this time trading the role of the King’s wife for the Inn-Keeper’s wife as Madame Thénardier.

Les Misérables hits cinemas in the USA on Christmas Day but we won’t get the chance to man the barricades and bring him home until January 11th.

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