Hooper's Les Mis Wants Hugh Jackman; Winslet, Brolin, Reitman Triple Threat

by Sophia Savage
June 16, 2011 7:58 AM
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- Tom Hooper's Les Miserables may star Hugh Jackman and Paul Bettany. Jackman is in talks to star as tenor Jean Valjean. The project is produced by veteran theater maestro Cameron Mackintosh (whose version of the play served as the basis for William Nicholson's script) and will feature Claude-Michel Schoenberg's original score. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are also producing. Bettany may be targeted for the role of police inspector Javert. We know at least one of these boys can sing (see Jackman perform at the Tonys with Neil Patrick Harris, below). It's hard not to love Jackman. He was even (SPOILER ALERT) the third best part of X-Men: First Class (with mere seconds of screen time), right behind stars Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Who else would you like to see in Hooper's Les Miserables?

- Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin join Jason Reitman's Labor Day, which the writer-director adapted from Joyce Maynard's 2009 novel. When the 80s-period film shoots in New England next year, the pair will play single mother, Adele, and the escaped convict that takes refuge with her and son Henry. This is a strong combine of Oscar-level talent. Maynard's novel, To Die For, was adapted for the screen in 1995, starring Nicole Kidman.

Of Maynard's novel, BookPage says; “Maynard deftly pulls the reader into the fragile lives of these three vulnerable characters and their preordained march toward the novel’s denouement. A marvelous read––perfect for one long sitting––this novel leaves the reader wishing it didn’t ever have to end.”

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