We reported back in August that Anne Hathaway was in talks to join Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Deadline now reports that Hathaway has closed her deal and will play Fantine in the movie musical. For those unfamiliar with the musical, the story is set in the years leading up to and during the French Revolution. Fantine is a factory worker who faces increasingly dire circumstances as she tries to provide for her young daughter Cosette. She also has one of the best songs in a musical filled with amazing songs, the beautiful and heartbreaking “I Dreamed a Dream”. When it comes to singing ability, we know Hathaway was able to deliver in a sketch at the Oscars several years ago and she’s attached to star in a Judy Garland biopic that’s been in development hell for years. However, Fantine will be one of her most demanding roles since she’ll be judged not only on her performance but on how she handles a beloved song.
Hugh Jackman is attached to play the lead role of Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe will play the dogged antagonist, Inspector Javert. Les Miserables is set to open on December 7, 2012. Hit the jump to watch a performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” at the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert at Royal Albert Hall.