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First Trailer For Les Miserables Adaptation Released

Have you been yearning to see Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in the new adaptation on Les Miserables? Probably not, but it is still pretty cool. Universal Pictures recently debuted the first trailer for the Tom Hooper directed project which you can see below.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and that globally renowned stage show, the story of  Jean Valjean has been seen by more than 60 million people in over 40 countries while being presented in over 20 languages.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the film 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. It begins in 1815 and culminates in 1832 during the June Rebellion.

Les Miserables was published in 1862 by Hugo and has remained widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. The novel and story are considered a “historical fiction” because it contains both a real setting and factual/historical events while containing fictional aspects.

You can see the brand new trailer below:

The cast of the upcoming adaptation is pretty lengthy with more than several main and supporting cast members. It includes:

  • Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a Frenchman released from Toulon prison after 19 years of imprisonment for stealing bread and failed attempts for escaping from the prison.
  • Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, a police inspector who releases Valjean on parole, then later dedicates his life to imprisoning him again.
  • Anne Hathaway as Fantine, a struggling factory worker and mother of her illegitimate child, Cosette. She is eventually forced to turn to prostitution.
  • Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of Fantine who has grown into a beautiful teenager under Valjean’s care and falls in love with Marius.
    • Isabelle Allen plays the younger version of Cosette.
  • Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy, a student revolutionary who is friends with the Thenardiers’ daughter, Éponine, but falls in love with Cosette.
  • Samantha Barks as Éponine, the destitute daughter of the Thénardiers who is friends with and secretly pines for Marius
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier, a common thief who is also an innkeeper. He is also the father of Éponine.
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier, the unscrupulous Innkeeper’s wife who, along with her husband, houses and abuses Cosette until Valjean “buys” her from them after Fantine’s death. She is also the mother of Éponine.
  • Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, the leader of a student revolt and a friend of Marius.
  • Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche, a streetwise urchin who helps the revolutionaries. He is the abandoned son of the Thénardiers.
The supporting cast includes Colm Wilkinson, Frances Ruffelle, George Blagden, Killian Donnelly, Fra Fee as Courfeyrac, Alistair Brammer, Gabriel Vick, Bertie Carvel, Iwan Lewis, Adam Pearce, Marc Pickering, Michael Jibson, Hadley Fraser, Ashley Artus, Lynne Wilmot, Kelly-Anne Gower, Julia Worsley, Jonny Purchase, John Barr, Nikica Markot, Emmy Misheva, Ryan Laskey, Stevee Davies, Jos Slovick, Mary Cormack, Linzi Hateley, Sara Pelosi, Alice Fearn, Alison Tennant,Josef Altin, Caroline Sheen, Gemma Wardle, Katy Secombe, Gina Beck, Adebaya Bolaji, Alexia Khadime, Hannah Waddingham, Daniel Evans, Katie Hall, Adam Searles, Nancy Sullivan, Tabitha Webb, Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Foster, Adrian Scarborough, Kerry Ellis, Alison Jiear,Mark Donovan, Robyn North, Matt Harrop, Jackie Marks, Alea Young, Sophie Hutchinson, Matthew Corner, Lily Laight, Olivia Rose Aaron, Victoria Melanie Ryan, Kerry Ingram, Jamie Muscato, Mike Johnson, Jason Rowley and Andy Coxon.

Taylor Swift Won’t Get One Day More On Les Miserables

Fans of Taylor Swift will be saddened to hear that she won’t be getting the role of Eponine in the upcoming movie adaptation of Les Miserables.  The role which was sought after by such stars such as Scarlet Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood and Lea Michele will instead go to unknown actress Samantha Barks.

Though it was never officially announced, there was much speculation that Taylor Swift had been originally offered the role to

play the memorable street urchin.  The country star has not yet made any remarks about the casting.

The news was announced by the movie’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh on the Les Miserables Twitter account.

“Big news: @SamanthaBarks will be Eponine in the Mis film! Mr Mackintosh knows how to pull off a coup de theatre, eh?”

Officially chosen by Director Tom Hooper, 21 year old Samantha Barks is a British stage actress who has had experiencing playing the role.  Having played in the 2010 London stage production and in the 25th Anniversary concert at London’s 02 Arena alongside Nick Jonas,

Barks is reported to be delighted to have landed the role.

“I can’t believe I’m going to play Eponine, a role so close to my heart, a role I played in the West End.  It’s the happiest moment of my life.” reveals Barks.

Barks also tweeted,

“Words cannot express how much I appreciate all the amazing support I have received from everyone!  I haven’t stopped smiling!”

The movie Les Miserables will be an adaptation on the successful stage musical, which in turn is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel of the same name.  Set in France in the 19th century against the backdrop of a student revolution, the novel is about a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean who seeks redemption.  Eponine is a beautiful daughter of a corrupt innkeeper couple, who is originally pampered and spoiled by her parents until several years later she ends up a street urchin.  In this new life she participates in her father’s crimes and schemes to obtain money.  The road to redemption for Eponine is to bring her sister Cosette and Marius together, despite being in love with Marius herself.  To ensure that tears are shed over the story; and show how nihilistic writers were back then even before Joss Whedon; Eponine stops a bullet meant for Marius with her body.  Mortally wounded, Eponine’s final request is that she receives a kiss from Marius once she’s dead.  Marius fulfills this request not out of romantic feelings, but out of pity for Eponine and the hard knock life she’s led.

Barks will join the star studded cast members already confirmed for the feature such as Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen; itsa nice!

Shooting of the film is scheduled to begin in March and the film is to be in theaters by December 26, 2012.

As clean and polished a movie-musical can be, I don’t believe anything will surpass the real life theatre experience, but after listening to some clips of Barks, I think the movie adaptation will bring it close to home.  Check out some of Samantha Banks as Eponine at the 25th Anniversary concert at O2 Arena in London below.