Casting for the upcoming film adaptation of LES MISÉRABLES is just about complete, with Hugh Jackman taking on the role of Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe squaring off as Javert. Sacha Baron Cohen as Thernardier, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Anne Hathaway as Fantine were also announced to bring their star power to the cast.
According to Fusedfilm.com, director Tom Hooper intend to have the cast sing live when shooting the movie. An anonymous source told The Sun UK, 'It’s going to be hard work. First they have to learn the complex songs, then they’ll have to get it right on set in front of the other stars and crew.'
Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004. When LES MISÉRABLES celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by "Cats" in London's West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Broadway veteran and GLEE star Lea Michele, Tony winner Scarlett Johansson, music star Taylor Swift, and TV and film veteran Evan Rachel Wood are all eyeing the role of Eponine. The film aims to start filming in March under the direction of Tom Hooper. The release date is currently set for December 7, 2012.