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New Images Of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, The Thénardiers & More From 'Les Miserables'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 12, 2012 9:17 AM
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Universal Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen in "Les Miserables"

We gotta ask...what's going with Éponine? As Universal continues going hard on the marketing campaign for "Les Miserables," Samantha Barks seems conspicuously absent from much of it. Secret weapon or stumbling block? Here's hoping for the former, but unfortunately, she isn't in this latest batch of promo images for the movie, snapped by the legendary Annie Leibovtiz for Vogue.

Of course, looking as gorgeous as anything famed photographer has taken in her career, these images are from the Pinewood Studios location for the film, giving us portrait sized looks at Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne in costume the film. We also get the latter pair as lovers Cosette and Marius, and perhaps more colorfully, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Thenardiers.

This one is pretty high on our list of year end highlights, so we can't wait. "Les Miserables" opens on Christmas Day.

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  • Gemini71 | November 29, 2012 9:20 AMReply

    I think that Universal is only gearing the marketing promotion to the established stars who have been cast in the movie. It is unlikely they are saving promo posters of Samantha Barks as Eponine until the last, because I've come to the conclusion that they haven't made any such posters, and it is equally unlikely that we will get more than one production image of Miss Barks as Eponine.

  • Myra | November 12, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    I don't think there's any conspiracy going on here. Those photos were shot months ago before filming was even completed. Samantha was an unknown at the time and Annie Leibovitz (not Liebovtiz) most likely just did shots of the established movie actors. It might be nice if the writer of this piece spelled Annie's name correctly.

  • Jess | November 12, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    I am hoping secret weapon because she is a fantastic Eponine! Sam already has Oscar Buzz so maybe they will be marketing her more for award season? If their reason is because she is "unknown", they could easily put "Introducing Samantha Barks" on the trailer! But i am glad we get to hear her sing in the new trailer though!

  • Real | November 12, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    You are right. They are leaving Eponine out of a lot of the promotion. It is pretty conspicuous when you feature every other major character in this Vogue shoot. Maybe because Samantha Berks isn't a name? But she is an importan character with one of the most recognisable songs so you'd think they would go down the introducing a new ingenue or a star from the stage production angle. It's a bit rud reallye.

  • tomincmh | November 12, 2012 7:36 PM

    Agreed. I can only hope they're waiting til closer to the release date to do promo for Samantha while, in the mean time, trying to drum up interest in the film by touting all the big stars they have in the cast. I'd be surprised if it was because of her performance since she's played the part for so long on stage and has received raves for her work. I guess we'll find out.

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