Anne Hathaway circling Les Miserables

On Hugh Jackman's recommendation

You can’t move of late for gossip surrounding Working Title’s upcoming adaptation of stage musical Les Miserables. Having already secured Hugh Jackman for leading man Valjean, it appears that the studio are hungry to add more A-listers as soon as possible.

Recent casting rumours have linked Russell Crowe with the role of Javert, whilst Geoffrey Rush is apparently in the frame to play Thenardier. Helena Bonham Carter meanwhile, has been touted for the part of Madame Thenardier.

Then there are the roles of Epanine and Cosette, over which Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale, and Emma Watson are apparently competing, not to mention the tussle between Rebecca Hall and Amy Adams over the part of Fantine.

It’s actually that last rumour that just got more complicated, with Broadway World reporting that Anne Hathaway is in talks to play Fantine on the recommendation of Jackman himself.

If you’ll recall, Hathaway showed off her admirable singing voice in a duet with Jackman at the 2009 Oscars, and would certainly fit the bill in terms of outright star power.

For those who aren’t musical fans, Les Miserables charts the attempts of convict Valjean to attain redemption in a world riddled with poverty and ignorance. And singing. The film will be directed by The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper and should begin filming at the beginning of next year.

Are you excited for the all-singing, all-dancing spectacular? Or do musicals simply turn you off? Let us know!

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    • bauerpowerhour

      Aug 30th 2011, 14:49

      I hope they don't water down the religious themes just because it's Hollywood. They're at the heart of the story and the musical.

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    • bauerpowerhour

      Aug 30th 2011, 14:49

      I hope they don't water down the religious themes just because it's Hollywood. They're at the heart of the story and the musical.

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    • brianbry

      Sep 2nd 2011, 11:46

      My favourite musical by far. Helena Bonham Carter & Geoffrey Rush would be simply amazing as the Thenardiers. Emma Watson would also be brilliant. As long as they don't remove loads of songs or cut out important parts then it should be great. I also hope it doesn't go too hollywood. 'The Phantom of the Opera' film managed to keep all of the important songs in whereas 'Sweeney Todd' cut unbelievable amounts of lyrics and a few songs out. As it is over 3 hours long, i imagine a lot will be cut :(

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