First Official Synopsis for LES MISERABLES Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway

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Universal has released the official synposis for the new feature adaptation of Les Miserables, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne confirmed to star.  Here’s the thrust of it:

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.

You’ll notice no actor in parentheses next to “Cosette.”  Amanda Seyfried reportedly signed a deal to play Cosette earlier this week, but it has not officially been announced yet.  Likewise, Sacha Baron Cohen is rumored for the role of Monsieur Thenardier, but he is not listed among the official cast.  Directed by Tom Hooper, Les Miserables is scheduled for release on December 7, 2012.  Read the full synopsis after the break.
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Release date: December 7, 2012
Genre: Musical epic
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Adapted from: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s stage musical Les Misérables, produced by Cameron Mackintosh
Based on the Novel by: Victor Hugo
Screenplay by: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Music by: Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by: Herbert Kretzmer
Produced By: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Executive Producer: Liza Chasin

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.

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  • John

    Liam Nelson wil always be Jean Valjean, I just can’t see anyone else in the role.

    Hopefully the trailer will convince me otherwise.

    • Myra

      This is a musical, John, based on the long running musical seen all over the world. I’m sure many theater people would say Colm Wilkinson is the only Jean Valjean and people in other countries who didn’t see the London version would choose their lead player as well. As the bard once said “The play’s the thing!” While I love the movie version with Liam, I have long dreamed of a movie version of the musical! So I’m deliriously happy and Hugh Jackman was born to play/sing this role!

      • Yvette

        “The play’s the thing in which I’ll catch the conscience of the King” is the actual quote. Please don’t quote things out of context. It has nothing to do with whether theater is better than cinema (especially since cinema wasn’t even close to being in existence at the time), it was about using a play to see whether his uncle murdered his father. Besides, why would you use a quote by someone who had never heard of a movie to claim that plays are better? Art is art, don’t try to claim that one is better than the other. I love Les Miserables, the movie, the musical, and the book, and it was the movie with Liam Neeson that started it all for me. It’s important to recognize each form of art because each form can inspire us to learn more about other forms.

      • Myra

        It’s good that you know Hamlet but if you read what I wrote you’ll see that it was about many people doing a role and the play lives on. The quote was not meant to be literal but just as a point. Les Miserables has had many people playing Jean Valjean just as plays like Hamlet, which has survived for hundreds of years. So, as you can see, I never said movies were better than plays (theater better than cinema) only that plays last longer than actors. So if a play is worthwhile, like Les Miserables or Hamlet, it will last no matter who plays any role in it.

  • Ged

    There’s no doubt about Liam Neeson, but this is a musicale. If he has the singing chops for it, he would be perfect for the role.
    Hugh Jackman’s built (Valjean is usually depicted as a muscular man with a gentle heart) and his singing prowess bodes well for his role as Jean Valjean.

  • Spence

    It’s not my show, but I’ve seen it a couple of times and this cast has me quite excited about the project. So far it seems they’ve gotten every part right. I particularly like the idea of recording all of the singing on set instead of in a studio. This could be pretty great.

  • 3rsSt

    They’re going to have to do serious rewriting of this story. I’ve seen it on stage and while the music is terrific, the script is very, very disjointed. In fact, it’s so erratic in how it skips scenes and jumps forward in time, not explaining relationships that the Playbill for every stage production comes with its own synopsis. This is not the case with most Broadway shows or even films. The reason I never cared for this show is because a musical, play or film should be it’s own “self-contained universe”. You shouldn’t have to do “research” before seeing it to know what’s going on. The stage musical is very poorly written and got terrible reviews when it debuted in London in 1985 and New York in 1987. Still, that didn’t deter rabid fans who already knew the story from flocking to it.

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    Liam Nelson wil always be Jean Valjean, I just can

  • LizzWest

    I was very lucky to have an 8th grade teacher who loved Les Miserables. Being an “inner-city youth”, I was not exposed to much culture. Through this teacher began a love affair with Les Miz that has stayed with me–and most of my classmates–since those school days 20+ years ago. I have seen the show too many times to count, and was disappointed by the movie, only because I missed the beautiful songs. I have high hopes for this film, and I hope these actors can live up to my unreasonably high expectations.

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