By Tim Pelan
The first trailer for Universal's Les Miserables (or The Glums, as a certain comedian from those 1980s light entertainment days used to say) has appeared.
Directed by Tom Hooper (not to be misread as Tobe Hooper – what a different film that would be!), the adaptation of the long running stage musical features a wealth of talent in front of and behind the screen. Tom Hooper, of course, directed The King's Speech, and here he has enlisted his trusty DP Danny Cohen, both delivering some stunning imagery and sense of scale to the drama.
The cast consists of Anne Hathaway (who sings I Dreamed a Dream over the trailer), Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. Apparently, all the actors sang live on set.
SYNOPSIS: 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 – Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.