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Anne Hathaway Joins Les Misérables As The Female Lead

20 October 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) has made a huge name for himself both here and in the States with his Oscar-winning direction of The King’s Speech, which won four Oscars and earned a further eight nominations earlier this year.

His follow-up film has been set as an adaptation of Les Misérables, based on the 19th Century novel by Victor Hugo and the subsequent musical adaptation for the stage in 1980.

For a little while now, Golden Globe-nominated actor Hugh Jackman (X-Men) and Oscar winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator) have been attached to the project as the male leads, and Deadline now report that the film has found its leading lady in Academy Award-nominated actress Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married).

With a script from twice Oscar-nominated William Nicholson (Gladiator), everyone on board so far is clearly immensely talented. The story focuses on ex-convict Jean Valjean (Jackman), a man with a dark past in search of redemption. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Anne Hathaway to Join Cast of ‘Les Miserables’

19 October 2011 12:01 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Actress Anne Hathaway is going to show off her musical singing voice. Deadline has reported the actress is very close to a deal with Universal Pictures to join the cast that already included actors Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. She will play Fantine character in the musical adaptation of the classic novel. She is a beautiful Parisian grisette abandoned with a small child. Crowe will play Inspector Javert and Jackman will be Jean Valjean. Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will direct the film. William Nicholson (“Gladiator,” “First Knight”) wrote the script and the music is provided by Claude-Michel Schonberg (“Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary”) and Alain Boublil. Universal Pictures has set a release date next year on December 7th. Hathaway will be seen next year in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She has several credits as a singing performer including for the films “Rio, »

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Anne Hathaway Will Play Fantine in Les Miserables

18 October 2011 1:06 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman have been looking to make a musical together ever since they sang & danced their way through that Oscar routine a few years back. So when the role of Fantine in the soon to be filming big screen version of Les Miserables came down to Amy Adams, Rebecca Hall, Anne Hathaway and a few others, we always figured the potential of another round of Jackman & Hathaway’s electric chemistry would secure her signature for the part.

Deadline confirms that Hathaway has officially joined a star-studded cast for the new version of the stage play and classic novel that includes Jackman (as Valjean), Oscar winner Russell Crowe (Inspector Jalvert), Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (as Thenardier) and last year’s Oscar nominated Helena Bonham Carter (as Madame Thenardierare). And let’s not forget the movie will be directed by last year’s Academy Award Winning Best Director Tom Hooper »

- Matt Holmes

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Anne Hathaway reunites with Hugh Jackman for 'Les Miserables'

18 October 2011 12:40 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After months of speculation, Anne Hathaway has officially joined Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical, Les Miserables. Her spokesperson confirms a Deadline report that she’ll play Fantine, the tragically abused mother of young Cosette. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have already been cast as the noble Jean Valjean and the heartless Inspector Javert, respectively. Hathaway has demonstrated her vocal talents at Academy Awards ceremonies, once even performing a duet onstage with Jackman when he hosted.

William Nicholson, who co-wrote Gladiator, is writing the script, with the film being targeted for a Dec. 7, 2012 release.

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- Jeff Labrecque

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Les Miserables: Anne Hathaway joins Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper

18 October 2011 11:31 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Anne Hathaway cast in Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman and Russell CroweAnne Hathaway joining Les Miserables (2012) with Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman puts to rest who will be playing the central characters in the film. Anne Hathaway will be playing the role of Fantine, Russell Crowe will play Inspector Javert, and Hugh Jackman will play Jean ValjeanHelena Bonham Carter  will be playing Madame Thénardier and supposedly Geoffrey Rush is in talks to play Thénardier.

What producer Cameron Mackintosh said about the casting:

“I’d been hoping we could make a film on Les MISÉRABLES ever since it opened on Broadway…I’ve got a marvelous cast so far with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine,” producer Cameron Mackintosh told BBC Radio today. “We’re busy casting the rest of the parts.”

About the release of Toby Hooper »

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Official: Anne Hathaway's Fantine in 'Les Miserables' With Hugh Jackman

18 October 2011 9:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Anne Hathaway is going from Catwoman to Fantine. As TheWrap reported in August, Hathaway has long been in negotiations for Universal's Hugh Jackman-starring adaptation of the Broadway hit. On Tuesday morning, the studio confirmed it -- and set a release date of Dec. 7, 2012. Jackman plays the fugitive Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe plays Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper's version. Hathaway has at least a little experience with the role: She sang "On My Own" from the musical when she hosted this year's Academy Awards. And she sang it to Jackman. William Nicholson ("Gladiator") »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Anne Hathaway Joins the Cast of Les Miserables

18 October 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Anne Hathaway (upcoming The Dark Knight Rises ) is joining Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in director Tom Hooper's Les Miserables at Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. In the film, based on the classic novel and stage play, Hathaway will play the role of Fantine opposite Crowe's Inspector Javert and Jackman's Jean Valjean. William Nicholson ( Gladiator ) has written the screenplay. Sir Cameron Mackintosh will produce alongside Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward for Working Title. Vice President of Production Erik Baiers is overseeing for Universal with Director of Development Maradith Frenkel. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Les Miserables is scheduled to hit theaters on December 7, 2012. (Photo Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com) »

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Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables film

12 September 2011 3:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Australian actors head cast in Tom Hooper's screen adaptation of long-running musical

Russell Crowe is to star in a musical for the first time after being cast in the big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables. Variety magazine reports that Crowe beat several other contenders to play Inspector Javert, opposite Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, in the film version of the musical that has been running since 1985.

There have been several failed attempts to film Les Misérables since the late 1980s, but this latest production has already attracted considerable attention as it is director Tom Hooper's follow-up to The King's Speech.

The stage show's original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, will be involved, along with British production company Working Title. William Nicholson, writer of Shadowlands, has been commissioned to work on the script; the musical itself was based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel.

According to Variety, Crowe's experience as guitarist and singer »

- Andrew Pulver

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Russell Crowe joins 'Les Miserables'

9 September 2011 12:10 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Russell Crowe will star opposite Hugh Jackman in Universal's film version of the legendary musical "Les Miserables."According to Variety, Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") is directing.A December 7, 2012 release date has been set. Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to join the cast as well.The musical's original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, will produce along with Working Title Films' Tim Bevan, Debra Hayward and Eric Fellner.William Nicholson wrote the script from Victor Hugo's classic novel.Set against the backdrop of a historically fictional 19th century French rebellion, the story centers on Jean Valjean (Jackman), an ex-convict who is pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert (Crowe). There have been several film and TV adaptations of "Les Miserables" with the last bigscreen version being »

- Adnan Tezer

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Crowe Set For Jackman's Les Miz

9 September 2011 5:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter are joining Hugh Jackman in the film musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" for Universal and Working Title says The Hollywood Reporter.

Set against the 19th century French rebellion, Crowe will play the uncompassionate police inspector Javert who is in relentless pursuit of Jean Valjean (Jackman), a man who stole bread to feed his sister and spent years in prison.

Carter would play Thenardier's greedy wife. William Nicholson adapted the script from Claude-Michel Schoenberg's musical score which itself was based on the Victor Hugo book.

"The King's Speech" helmer Tom Hooper directs the project which is currently scheduled for a December 7th 2012 release. »

- Garth Franklin

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Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables' musical

8 September 2011 6:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

So it seems tough guys do dance.

Russell Crowe has signed on to join the big-screen adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, playing the heartless police inspector Javert, who persecutes Hugh Jackman’s impoverished Jean Valjean after the man steals bread to feed his family, Universal and Working Title confirmed today. 

Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, will helm the film, which is aiming for release Dec. 7, 2012. William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands) has adapted the screenplay from the long-running play based on Victor Hugo’s sprawling 1862 novel.

Sir Cameron MacKintosh, who produced the stage version of the musical, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Universal Sets Les Miserables Starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe for December 7, 2012 Release Date [Updated]

8 September 2011 4:16 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Prepare to get your Broadway on. Universal has set director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) adaptation of Les Miserables for a December 7, 2012 release date. Not only that, but Deadline’s report confirms that Russell Crowe will be starring as the nefarious Javert opposite Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean. This is quite an impressive roundup for the musical flick, and if any of the other casting rumors end up to be true it only gets better. William Nicholson (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) wrote the script based on Victor Hugo’s novel and the stage musical. This news comes on the heels of word that production on James Mangold’s The Wolverine has been pushed back to next year. Mark Bomback is currently rewriting Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of The King’s Speech, count me as one of those excited for this adaptation. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Universal Sets December 7, 2012 Release Date For ‘Les Miserables’ With Hugh Jackman And Russell Crowe

8 September 2011 3:52 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Universal has formalized plans and a December 7, 2012 release date for Les Miserables, the live-action adaptation of the Cameron Mackintosh-produced stage musical that will be helmed by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, with Hugh Jackman starring as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe playing Javert. The film is produced by Working Title Films’ partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, along with Mackintosh and Debra Hayward. Liza Chasin is exec producer. William Nicholson wrote the script based on the classic novel and the stage play. The music is by Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil. Said Mackintosh: “Even though I have dreamt about making the film of Les Miserables for over 25 years, I could never have imagined that we would end up with the dream director Tom Hooper, and the dream cast of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as the two great protagonists Jean Valjean and Javert. Not only were »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Russell Crowe to star in Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman

8 September 2011 1:47 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Les Miserables casts Russell Crowe with Hugh Jackman in Tom Hooper film Les Mis will debut on December. 12th, 2012 via Universal with Cameron Mackintosh, the musical's original producer, on duty here as well. Composer Claude-Michel Schoeberg's original score will be used, reports Variety. Script comes from William Nicholson, based on the tuner produced by Mackintosh and the classic novel by Victor Hugo. Les Miserables tells of Jean Valjean (Jackman), a prisoner on the run during the French Revolution. Crowe will play the determined Inspector Javert. »

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Casting News: Anne Hathaway Confirmed for Les Miserables; Ben Affleck's Argo Casts Three; Great Gatsby Adds Two

31 August 2011 7:04 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

At this year's Comic-Con, Hugh Jackman revealed that after he was done shooting The Wolverine he would play the role of ex-convict Jean Valjean in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's musical version of Les Miserables. While The Wolverine is now possibly delayed until Spring 2012, Les Miserables is on track to start in February, and Jackman has his first female co-star.

Broadway World reports that Anne Hathaway is set to star in the movie as Fantine, the ill-fated mother of Cosette who sings the popular "I Dreamed a Dream" in the first act of the musical. EW confirmed that Hathaway is in talks for the role. Reportedly, Jackman pushed for Hathaway, who, in February, sang the song "On My Own" from the Les Miserables musical to Jackman while co-hosting the Oscars. At the time, Hathaway joked that Jackman wouldn't sing with her after he "bailed on [her] at the last minute, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Russell Crowe to Join Hugh Jackman In Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables?

22 July 2011 10:12 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Ok, we already had a little chat about the upcoming Tom Hooper‘s musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. So, by now you all know that Hugh Jackman is currently in negotiations to play Jean Valjean, right?

And we all agreed that sounds awesome. But that’s not all guys! According to the latest reports, another great name is interested to star in the whole thing as well! That is – Mr. Russell Crowe!

That’s exactly what guys from Playlist report, that Crowe is apparently “keen” to play Inspector Javert, character described as “the dogged policeman who makes it his mission to expose Jackman’s reformed ex-convict Valjean.”

I must admit this sounds interesting, but is this really going to happen – I have no idea. I mean, Crowe is quite busy guy these days, he’s already attached to star in RZA’s upcoming kung-fu project The Man »

- Fiona

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Anyone for a spot of middle-class drama? | Open thread

13 July 2011 5:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Screenwriter William Nicholson says the middle classes are out of fashion. When it comes to fiction, do you think class matters?

One of Britain's most successful screenwriters, William Nicholson, whose film credits include Gladiator and Shadowlands, has told the Telegraph that writing middle-class characters into novels and TV dramas is no longer fashionable, and is actively discouraged by publishers.

"There is this notion that the lives of the comfortable-off middle class don't merit being treated seriously and with compassion," he said, adding: "In the words of a publisher who rejected me, 'I will not publish books about women who drive 4x4s.'"

While Nicholson claims that publishers favour "abused Irish alcoholics" as protagonists, what sort of characters do you think are the most entertaining to read or watch? Does class really matter when it comes to fictional people? And can you think of any dramas that might be positively »

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Anyone for a spot of middle-class drama? | Open thread

13 July 2011 5:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Screenwriter William Nicholson says the middle classes are out of fashion. When it comes to fiction, do you think class matters?

One of Britain's most successful screenwriters, William Nicholson, whose film credits include Gladiator and Shadowlands, has told the Telegraph that writing middle-class characters into novels and TV dramas is no longer fashionable, and is actively discouraged by publishers.

"There is this notion that the lives of the comfortable-off middle class don't merit being treated seriously and with compassion," he said, adding: "In the words of a publisher who rejected me, 'I will not publish books about women who drive 4x4s.'"

While Nicholson claims that publishers favour "abused Irish alcoholics" as protagonists, what sort of characters do you think are the most entertaining to read or watch? Does class really matter when it comes to fictional people? And can you think of any dramas that might be positively »

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Hugh Jackman & Paul Bettany Could Square Off In ‘Les Miserables’

16 June 2011 8:01 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Having secured an Academy Award for his direction on The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper is now readying himself for the task of adapting the Broadway musical version of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables for the big screen – with two time Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) handling the scripting duties.

Hugh Jackman has reportedly begun talks to star in the film as the famous convict Jean Valjean, which would provide the X-Men star an opportunity to show off his Tony Award-winning song and dance skills to moviegoers. Are you ready to see Wolverine belt out some showtunes?

On a more serious note: THR has confirmed that Jackman is in the midst of hammering out a deal that would see him appear in Hooper’s musical. Click to continue reading Hugh Jackman & Paul Bettany Could Square Off In ‘Les Miserables

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Hugh Jackman on song for Tom Hooper's Les Misérables film

16 June 2011 7:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

X-Men actor reportedly in talks for lead role in King's Speech director's take on long-running musical

Hugh Jackman is in talks to play the lead role in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's forthcoming big-screen take on the hit stage musical Les Misérables, Variety reports (paywall).

Jackman's tenor tones make him most suitable for the role of Jean Valjean, the main character in both Victor Hugo's 1862 novel and the stage version which it gave birth to. Valjean is an escaped convict who attempts to make a new life for himself but is constantly hunted by obsessed lawman Javert. The story also follows the lives of an array of other unfortunates in early 19th-century France, including prostitutes, student revolutionaries and factory workers.

Jackman would be the first actor on board the project, which looks set to be Hooper's first film following the Oscar-winning success of The King's Speech. The »

- Ben Child

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