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Watch: Anne Hathaway Dreams A Dream In First Trailer For 'Les Miserables'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 30, 2012 6:47 AM
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Anne Hathaway is about to have a pretty good few months. The actress has been consistently charming, diverse and impressive on screen, but of late her showcases, from hosting a botched Oscars to films like "Love And Other Drugs" and "One Day," haven't quite worked, even if she's been pretty good in them. But in a couple of months, she's got the plum role of Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," which is likely to win over the hearts and loins of the geek community.

And when Christmas comes, she has a key supporting role in one of the big Oscar hopefuls, musical "Les Miserables," from "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper. And while her part is smaller than some of her co-stars, like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks, she's front-and-center in the first trailer, which debuted this morning over at Bing, suggesting that an awards campaign is certainly in the works for the actress.

The clip is scored by Hathaway, as Fantine, singing one of the film's signature tunes, "I Dreamed A Dream" (as made famous of late by Susan Boyle), over footage showing most of the cast. And it looks very handsome, certainly, with impressive scope and performances that look like they could be heading in the right direction. We're glad that Hooper doesn't seem to be taking the Rob Marshall let's-just-do-the-musical-numbers-on-a-stage approach, but he's still bringing his signature style to the film, which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether you found the extreme close-ups and look-at-me camera angles of "The King's Speech" fresh or distracting.

Still, this could have been much less promising: the brief snippets here are cinematic and powerful. We'll find out if the film works out when it hits theaters on December 7th.

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  • Rod | June 4, 2012 7:22 AMReply

    It's a trailer for Les Miserables, the movie adaptation of one of the greatest musicals ever. No seriously, ever. Not only that, but tix are resonably priced at . the casting is damn near friggin perfect!! As a fan of the broadway musical, I really like what I saw in the Les Mis .

  • daniela | June 2, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    so beautiful, looking forward to it

  • StephenM | May 30, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    I'm really looking forward to this, but a few opinions on the trailer: Anne Hathaway doesn't really hit the notes as well as whoever sings it on the Broadway cast recordings I have--I sure hope Russell Crowe can sing, or else they get someone to dub him. Fantine is only a main character for the first 1/4 of the story, then she dies, so kind of weird that there's so much footage of her. And I'm not really a big fan of Tom Hooper, but a handsomely mounted dramatic version of this musical is all I really want--there's no real need for an unusual auteurist re-envisioning--so I have confidence he can pull it off.

  • oogle monster | May 30, 2012 10:49 AMReply

    This looks standard and rote... typical Hooper. At least people like Chris Nolan and Baz Lurhmann are willing to think outside of the box and for that reason, Oscar doesn't like them (as much)!

  • d | May 30, 2012 4:02 PM

    Hmm. I'm a Tom Hooper hater myself, but I think this looks better than both TDKR and Gatsby, based on the trailer alone.

  • jtm | May 30, 2012 11:46 AM

    oogle monster, the big-time hater. This trailer looks one hundred times better than Baz Lurhmann's soon -to -be awful , trailer for " The Great Gatsby ." This is how you sell a movie , with a movie trailer.

  • josh | May 30, 2012 7:01 AMReply

    sorry...fantine not my typo nme...but i still should have your job! don't you fact check?

  • josh mcgrath | May 30, 2012 6:59 AMReply

    the character is fanzine. amanda plays cosette. i should have your job!

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