Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' The 10 Best Films Of 2004 The 10 Best Films Of 2004 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2003 The 10 Best Films Of 2003 First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Russell Crowe Confirmed For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'; Film Now Set For December 7, 2012 Release

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist July 22, 2011 at 1:04AM

Paul Bettany Out, Helena Bonham Carter Also Joins The CastUpdated: Looks like Crowe is now confirmed for this role. The film is now dated for a Dec. 7, 2012, release. Update 2: Helena Bonham Carter has also joined the cast.
3

Paul Bettany Out, Helena Bonham Carter Also Joins The Cast



Updated: Looks like Crowe is now confirmed for this role. The film is now dated for a Dec. 7, 2012, release. Update 2: Helena Bonham Carter has also joined the cast.

Of all the films in which two of the most rugged manly-men stars ever to come out of Australia (a country not lacking in rugged manly-men) could finally face-off, a period musical set against the background of the French revolution, from the director of "The King's Speech," is not the most likely. But the possibility now exists that Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" may become that film, like a Southern Hemisphere take on "Heat," suddenly investing the adaptation of the long-running stage hit with more testosterone than the entire "Crocodile Dundee" trilogy put together.

Hugh Jackman, who mixes gruff superhero antics with on-stage singing and dancing, was said to be finally in talks to make his screen musical debut as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," and the always-reliable Baz Bamigboye has now talked to Jackman, who says he's firmly locked into the picture, saying that the film will shoot next February, once he's wrapped on James Mangold's "The Wolverine." Jackman seems to be looking forward to the prospect, saying that the film will introduce dialogue to the totally-sung-through stage version: "That's not going to work on film, so there's now dialogue and songs. Tom's take on the film is very exciting."

But buried at the bottom of the piece is an intriguing tidbit: Jackman's compatriot Russell Crowe is apparently "keen" to play Inspector Javert, the dogged policeman who makes it his mission to expose Jackman's reformed ex-convict Valjean. After a string of underperformers, Crowe seems to be taking a different, more intriguing approach to his career: he's lined up a villainous turn in RZA's kung-fu flick "The Man With Iron Fists" and is taking up Marlon Brando's mantle as Jor-El in Zack Snyder's "The Man of Steel," and a musical is about as big a departure as he could ask for. He can carry a tune, sort of, having spent his spare time as the frontman of bands 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts and The Ordinary Fear of God.

However, the Jackman/Crowe sing-off looks like it's still a long-shot: Bamigboye says that he believes that Crowe's pal, and co-star in "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master & Commander," Paul Bettany, is still the front-runner, having said to have met with Hooper a while back. Crowe is obviously still the bigger star, but with Hooper coming off an Oscar win, we're sure that if he wants Bettany, he'll get him. But if Crowe does bag the part, we reckon the director should keep up the theme across the rest of the casting: Sam Worthington as Cosette, anyone? If all goes to plan, filming will start in February, so it could be ready in time for the 2012 awards season.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Musicals, Hugh Jackman, Paul Bettany, Les Miserables


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates