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New Images Of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 29, 2012 8:05 AM
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Les Miserables

The movie-musical is a difficult nut to crack. The genre's proven the undoing of great filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and, in the modern era, for every smash big-screen hit like "Chicago" or "Hairspray," there's a "Nine," a "Phantom of the Opera" or a "Rent" stinking up the joint. But this Christmas' big hope has the kind of pedigree that suggests it's got a better run at Oscar and box-office glory than most.

"Les Miserables," the adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, has been running in the West End and Broadway for over 25 years, and has been watched by something around 70 million people, so clearly there's an audience for it. And the new film is helmed by Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for "The King's Speech," with an A-list cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham-Carter, so it's not exactly lacking in talent.

We're going to get our first look at the film in motion when the trailer debuts tomorrow (it'll be in front of "Snow White And The Huntsman" starting on Friday), but in advance of that, USA Today have premiered a selection of images from the film (as well as a couple more dug up by The Film Stage). They're frustratingly small, but still provide our best look at Jackman as escaped convict Valjean, Crowe as dogged policeman Javert, Hathaway as starving prostitute Fantine and Seyfried as her daughter, Cosette, along with Eddie Redmayne ("My Week With Marilyn") as student Marius, and newcomer Samantha Barks as Eponine, who's in love with Marius.

It's one of these things that could go either way -- "The Phantom of the Opera" was another global hit musical that withered when translated to the screen -- but Hooper's certainly assembled of a hell of a cast here (to say nothing of the Oscar-winner who we hear makes a surprise cameo in the picture...), and has a good a chance of getting it right as anyone. "Les Miserables" hits theaters on December 7th; keep your eyes peeled for that trailer some time tomorrow.

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  • Andy | June 2, 2012 8:32 PMReply

    I watched and read the novel in 3 languages and it's still one of my best books in all time. I hope this upcoming movie with my favorite actors will rock the screen and and inspire me as well. Here is my favorite song to all of the {les miserables} fans.

    There was a time when men were kind
    When their voices were soft
    And their words inviting
    There was a time when love was blind
    And the world was a song
    And the song was exciting
    There was a time
    Then it all went wrong

    I dreamed a dream in time gone by
    When hope was high
    And life worth living
    I dreamed that love would never die
    I dreamed that God would be forgiving
    Then I was young and unafraid
    And dreams were made and used and wasted
    There was no ransom to be paid
    No song unsung, no wine untasted

    But the tigers come at night
    With their voices soft as thunder
    As they tear your hope apart
    As they turn your dream to shame

    He slept a summer by my side
    He filled my days with endless wonder
    He took my childhood in his stride
    But he was gone when autumn came

    And still I dream he'll come to me
    That we will live the years together
    But there are dreams that cannot be
    And there are storms we cannot weather

    I had a dream my life would be
    So different from this hell I'm living
    So different now from what it seemed
    Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

  • Marie | June 2, 2012 6:10 PMReply

    From the book:

    "Fantine was beautiful, and remained pure as long as she could.
    She was a lovely blonde, with fine teeth. She had gold and pearls
    for her dowry; but her gold was on her head, and her pearls were in
    her mouth."

    Sounds just like Anne Hathaway...

  • daniela | June 2, 2012 5:47 PMReply

    looking forward to it.

  • Connor | May 29, 2012 6:48 PMReply

    Looking forward to this even more now.

  • Travis | May 29, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    Whoa, who is this Oscar winner in a cameo? I have followed this for a year now, and it is news to me

  • Ken | May 29, 2012 1:06 PMReply

    I wonder if Great Gatsby, Les Miserables, or Anna Karenina were to get great reviews, would they be more likely to win the BP Oscar. If The King's Speech and The Artist are any indication, it seems like the Oscars are sort of going back to more traditional costume drama fare. Of course, The Artist was a silent film so not exactly traditional, but it was light and funny and it definitely seemed to be right in their wheelhouse. In a time where it seems like PT Anderson, Tarantino, Andrew Dominik are all making strong artistic statements with their works (though I'm not sure what kind of tone Django Unchained is gonna have, Inglourious Basterds did wind up being nominated for 8 Oscars), I wouldn't be surprised if their films get nominated a few times, but come up virtually empty-handed. In retrospect, it makes a year like 2007 or 2009 feel like a true anomaly.

  • Lou | May 29, 2012 9:44 AMReply

    Are you already now distributing Academy Awards? Talking about fabrication of early buzz ... On the basis of what? An existing trailer and an upcoming one?

  • oogle monster | May 29, 2012 8:44 AMReply

    Sorry Hooper, Baz Luhrmann's going to win the Oscar this time around! Carey > Anne, Leo > Hugh Jackson, Joel Edgerton > Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher > Amanda Seyfried... it's just.. science.

  • precious based on the novel push by sapphire | May 29, 2012 11:34 PM

    I'm not Mulligan's biggest fan but she doesn't annoy the crap out of me like Hathaway. Hooper is an asshole, I'm told. I vote Gatsby over this mess any day. At least Baz is doing something different, fun, and interesting in time for the holiday season.

  • jt | May 29, 2012 11:42 AM

    oogle monster, don't be a hater. Great Gatsby looks atrocious and the typical over-the-top directing from Baz Luhrmann. Anne is a triple threat. I can't say that about Carey Mulligan.

  • Lee | May 29, 2012 9:55 AM

    I'm not cheering for both movie though. I'm prepared to be disappointed. Heart-broken in fact, for the Gatsby case.

  • Lee | May 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    with Kanye West song.
    yea rite.

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