Thursday, September 8, 2011

Casting news: LES MISERABLES (please make it not true!)

One aspect that I haven't said much about here is my unabashed love of all things broadway.  Theatre and dance has been a passion of mine since I was little.  I'll see any dance movie or musical.  No ifs ands or buts about it.

Now, with that said, there's been some interesting casting news come down the pipe from for an upcoming adaptation of one of my favorite musicals, Les Miserables.

Tom Hopper, the Academy Award winning director of THE KING'S SPEECH, is set to direct this upcoming adaptation of one of the longest running musicals in Broadway's history.  Les Miserables is the story of a man, Jean Valjean, sent to jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his dying sister, his escape and attempt to change his life around.

Hugh Jackman has signed on to play the lead, Jean Valjean.  Jackman started his career, before his Wolverine days, on the stage starring as Curly in the Royal National Theatre's production of Oklahoma!  He also starred on Broadway in The Boy from Oz and received a Tony for his performance.  This casting as Valjean is perfect.  It'll be fun to see Jackman stretch his acting chops because the story fallows Valjean from early 20s to late 60s.  It's a vocally taxing role that leaves the audience breathless if pulled off correctly.

Valjean's foe throughout the story is the inspector Javert.  Javert is a man of the law and wants to bring Valjean to justice.  Valjean is Javert's "one that always got away," but Javert is always on the lookout for him.  Javert is the second most taxing role in the story and there's a new rumor of casting....Russel Crowe.

Another thing you should know...I HATE Russel Crowe.  Everyone has that actor they despise.  He's mine.  In fact, I rarely will watch movies with him in it, so now I feel absolutely torn.  I also hate actors that think because they're famous, that means they should start a singing career:

There's a taste of him with his band.  Now here's one of Javert's signature songs:

Sigh.  I can't even talk about how ridiculous this casting would be.  I don't think Crowe has the voice for it.  Here's to hoping it's not true.

Other rumors are Anne Hathaway for Fantine (meh, she's not a horrible singer) and Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter for Thenardier and Madame Thenardier (otherwise known as the comic reliefs to which I say, yesssssssssssssssssss!)

And believe me, I will be following this movie news and will keep you updated.

LES MISERABLES is set to be released in 2013.

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