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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's Les Miserables Adds Redmayne to All Star Cast of Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2011 at 8:13AM

Tom Hooper's The King's Speech follow-up, the screen adaptation of the global hit musical Les Miserables, just added Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, The Good Shepherd) to its all-star cast. As Marius, Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert) and Anna Hathaway (Fantine).
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Tom Hooper's The King's Speech follow-up, the screen adaptation of the global hit musical Les Miserables, just added Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, The Good Shepherd) to its all-star cast. As Marius, Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert) and Anna Hathaway (Fantine).

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This eclectic mix of talent could be volatile. While Jackman is a delight to work with, both Hooper and Crowe have reps for being tough and demanding.

The musical is aiming for Oscar season 2013 with a December 2012 release date (with good reason: The King's Speech dominated the 2011 Oscars). Bille August last put the period musical on celluloid in 1998 with Liam Neeson and Claire Danes. This edition of the Victor Hugo classic was written by William Nicholson, with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Lain Boubli. Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward are producing.

Wonder what Jackman and Hathaway look like singing together? You already know.

[Deadline broke this story.]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, CASTING WATCH, Tom Hooper, Musical, Classics, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.