After so many years of people trying and failing to get a film version of the Les Miserables musical off the ground, it’s hard to believe it’s really happening, but it is. Now the the cast has grown once more, with Deadline reporting that Eddie Redmayne is joining Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway in the film.
The Pillars Of The Earth actor will portray Marius, a role that’s been played on stage by everyone from Michael Ball to, um, Jon from S Club 7. Les Miserables is set in the revolutionary France and revolves around Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who must carry a yellow passport branding him as an ex-convict after being released from a 19-year prison sentence. Russell Crowe will be Inspector Javert, a policeman who keeps pursuing Jean Valjean, even though he is a free man. Anne Hathaway plays the female lead, Fantine.
Marius meanwhile is a student revolutionary who falls for Valjean’s adpoted daughter, Cosette.
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is directing Les Miserables from a screenplay by William Nicholson. Production is expected to start fairly soon.
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