Release date: December 14, 2012
Genre: Musical epic
Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech‘s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, with further casting to be announced.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs–including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”– Javert's Suicide -- Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.
6/11/2012 - WSJ Blog: What Playing Cosette in ‘Les Miserables’ Meant to Amanda Seyfried - Thanks, Allison
Les Mis trailer at MSNBC - Thanks, Allison
Studio System News: On the Set: Last Week in Production -- Les Misérables - Wraps: 6/10/2012 / Director: Tom Hooper / Studio: Universal Pictures -- A convict imprisoned and released for stealing a loaf of bread is pursued for years by an obsessed police official. As time goes by, the convict takes on a new identity, adopts an orphaned girl and fights in the French Revolution.
3/15/12 - Russell Crowe @russellcrowe LM3: rehearsing/rough blocking.Costume fittings,hair do's all the elements coming together.The whole thing gets rolling Monday.Very excited
Current date, RC says, for Les Mis opening - December 12, 2012
3/10/2012 - Broadway.com: Les Miserables Movie to Feature New Song Performed by Hugh Jackman - Thanks, Eileen
Les Mis - Victor Hugo's novel (all 1400 pages of it) is available to read on Gutenberg. Here is the link to the Javert section
2/27/2012 - The Sun UK: Sacha Baron Cohen causes a stink on set -- Bruno star to wear same outfit for three months in his Les Miserables role - Thanks, Avril [ed note: ugh!! Poor Russell - And Helena!]
2/8/2012 - Playbill: One Song More! Les Miz Film Will Have New Song and Live Singing; Cameron Mackintosh Reveals All - ""One of the things that impressed me about [director] Tom [Hooper] when he first showed his interest in being the director of the movie is that he both embraced the score and also wanted to create live sound, and get the excitement of the performance and the depth that you only get…by recording it live. Over the last four or five years, technology has moved so far that it is now something that is possible to try. I'm sure we're going to learn a lot on the way, but we're all up for that adventure." (Above info also at the Crowe News Blog, if you want to comment)
2/7/2012 - Rochesterpeople.co.uk: Extra-Massive Turnout for Les Miserables: Hollywood via Medway! - Thanks, Allison
2/6/2012 - BBC News: (With Video) - Samantha Barks lands Eponine role in Les Miserables film - Thanks, Gill
2/1/2012 - If you want to sample the music from Les Mis, A highlight album from the original production is available at i Tunes
Les Mis casting News - Variety: 'Les Miserables' plucks Eponine from stage - Samantha Barks, who played the role in London prods, joins Uni pic -- and more: Broadway.com: George Blagden Joins Les Miserables Film as Grantaire (Do You Hear The People Sing? - Thanks, Allison
1/25/2012 - The UK Mail: Stars of original Les Miserables get an encore as they join the cast of new big screen remake - Thanks, Cindy (Russell on his way to London)
kentnews.co.uk: You could star alongside Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway - Company spokesman Wayne Berko said: “We are currently holding an open casting for people to be extras in the musical feature film Les Miserables. “We need men and women aged between 16 and 90 years who will be made up to pretend to be people from 19th-century France. The types of role include villagers, passers-by, nuns, students, military officers, and convicts. “It is quite easy to get in to, but you must be able to take direction well of course, plus be able to easily reach Chatham. “Filming itself starts in March depending on what role the successful candidates are handed.” (Dockyard Chatham)-- Thanks, Steph, Caliope. Eileen (Images to help for those who will try out. Would love reports from any fans who do plan to try to become an extra) - Added the info above to the Crowe News Blog if you would like to comment
1/9/2012 - From Collider: Universal has released the official synposis for the new feature adaptation of Les Miserable, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne confirmed to star. Here’s the thrust of it:
12/4/2011 - Express UK: The Battle of the Beauties (Les Mis)-- "...One producer said: “The cast so far is outstanding and the musical is so well known that it is guaranteed to be a box office hit. “It has the great acting talent of Russell Crowe. People will pay for tickets just to see him sing as it is so different from everything else he has done.” - Thanks, Caliope
Examiner.com: Auditions and casting for Universal Pictures film adaptation of 'Les Miserables' - The lead actors cast in "Les Miserables" so far include Golden Globe Award nominated Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as Javert, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Monsieur Thenardier, two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier, Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway as Fantine, and five-time Teen Choice Award winner Emma Watson as Cosette. -- Auditions and casting call -- Thanks, Maria
Variety: Russell Crowe set for 'Les Miserables' - Jackman will play Valjean, and Crowe will play his nemesis, Inspector Javert. - Thanks, Cindy
EW.com: Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables' musical - " Sir Cameron MacKintosh, who produced the stage version of the musical, is also producing the film, and praised the two lead actors for taking on roles that are not just challenges to act, but also sing: 'Not only were they born to play these roles vocally, but they thrillingly inhabit this great score'. " -- Thanks, Tamara
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