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).
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.]