Russell Crowe in talks for Tom Hooper's Les Misérables

Helena Bonham Carter also looking to join musical adaptation

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter are set to join Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables.

The two stars are said to be negotiations to join the project, which adapts Victor Hugo's novel via the famous musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Crowe's up for the role of policeman Javert, who doggedly pursues Jackman's Jean '24601' Valjean throughout the story, set in 19th-Century France.

Russ is no stranger to banging out a tune with his band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts.

Bonham Carter is up for the role of Mme Thénardier, one half of the story's villainous coupling of scummy innkeepers. After her grottily melodic turn in Sweeney Todd, this sounds like welcome casting to us.

She won a Bafta for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech, so it isn't surprising that she and Hooper are keen to collaborate again.

Tom Hooper seems to be cashing in on his post-King's Speech heat to score a heck of a cast for this Les Mis, and by the looks of it, he might be setting his sights on Oscar glory again.

Gutted that there's not a role for King Colin here? Or thankful after his turn in Mamma Mia? Tell us if you think this'll be a surefire awards bet below…


    • StevePotter

      Sep 10th 2011, 23:33

      I'm so excited for this movie. I was really nervous when he wanted Paul Bettany to play Javert, but Russel Crowe is perfectly fine. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Anne Hathaway is Fantine (which is ok) and Geoffrey Rush is Thenardier (which is absolutely brilliant). Les Mis is (in my humble opinion) the greatest musical ever, and Inspector Javert is my favorite fictional character of all time. Oh, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiess is perhaps the best casting decision ever made. This is going to rock. As long as they don't cast Miranda Cosgrove.

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    • Poppycock

      Sep 12th 2011, 4:43

      A couple of corrections: The musical's composer is Claude-Michel Schonberg (not Claude Muchel Schonberg). The story is NOT set during the French Revolution. It isn't even about the French Revolution. The battle sequences are between a small group of idealistic university students and the law. It's a revolt against the uncaring government in its utter neglect of the poor. The last man in the government to have compassion for the poor has died and that's what sparks the insurrection.

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    • MattMaytum

      Sep 12th 2011, 11:33

      ^Poppycock- Cheers for pointing those out, they've been amended now. The first was a typo, the second is down to my apparently poor memory of stage musicals!

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    • FBALee

      Sep 14th 2011, 6:04

      Why does Anne Hathaway have to be in everything? I really hope that rumor is false.. I can't stand her big goofy joker smile. She looks plastic, and she's always so LOUD. However, Helena Bonham Carter is brilliant in everything. I don't care that people give her c**p for being in pretty much all of Tim Burton's movies, because she always nails her part, no matter how small. Her Bellatrix Lestrange in Deathly Hallows part 2 was so fantastic, and I thought she was the only watchable thing about Alice in Wonderland, cartoon head and all. She brought so much depth, yet maintained mystery, to her role in Fight Club. Go, Helena.

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 14th 2011, 6:38

      Well, being Fantine requires... no smiling. So no worries there. Plus it's a musical, we WANT loud! Yes, it needs to sound good, but she can sing! "I Dreamed a Dream" requires POWER!

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