Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, & More Rumored For ‘Les Miserables’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Hugh Jackman may star in Les Miserables Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, & More Rumored For Les Miserables

Newly-minted Oscar-winner Tom Hooper is aiming big with his followup to The King’s Speech by tackling a film adaptation of Les Miserables, the Broadway musical smash sensation that is itself based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel – which revolves (in part) around the convict Jean Valjean and his lifelong conflict with the authoritative Inspector Javert, set against the backdrop of early 19th century France.

Hugh Jackman is confirmed to star as Valjean, but most of the other pivotal roles in the film have yet to be officially (or something like that) filled. One thing seems certain: there won’t be a shortage of A-listers onboard, at the end of the day.

Broadway World is reporting that Anne Hathaway (at Jackman’s encouragement) is “set to take on the role” of Fantine, a single mother who desperately struggles to provide for her young daughter, Cosette, in Les Miserables. Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson are all reportedly in contention to play the young adult version of Cosette.

Those four startlets are also said to be in the running to portray Éponine, the daughter of the Thénardiers, who are entrusted by Fantine to care for Cosette – but end up employing the latter as a slave and extorting money from her mother, under the pretense that they need it in order to raise Cosette properly. The co-stars of Hooper’s King’s Speech - Geoffrey Rush (who played Inspector Javert in a non-musical 1998 film version of Les Miserables) and Helena Bonham Carter – are reportedly in line to play that deceitful couple.

The Playlist has been keeping tabs on all these casting rumors for Hooper’s musical, and is also reporting that Russell Crowe (not Paul Bettany, as previously rumored) is expected to portray Javert in the film.

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Most of these casting rumors for Les Miserable make sense enough; after all, Jackman is a Tony Award-winning singer and Hathaway is known for being fairly musically talented as well (see: her “On My Own” solo at the 2011 Oscars ceremony). Crowe, by comparison, is perhaps best known as the (hot-tempered) powerhouse actor and star of films like L.A. Confidential, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind, but he’s also an accomplished musician who began his professional career back in the 1980s. Plus, as far as screen personality goes, these three would fit their respective Miserables characters quite nicely.

There is some question about the production timeline for Les Miserables, which Jackman was originally supposed to begin work on once filming had wrapped on The Wolverine. However, there have recently been conflicting reports about whether that X-Men project will begin shooting this November – or be delayed until March 2012, allowing for its star to play Valjean first. Crowe is also slated to appear in Allen Hughes’ Broken City, which begins production in about two months, so it’s not yet clear how all these potential scheduling conflicts are going to be worked out.

We will keep you posted on the status of Les Miserables as the story develops.

Source: Broadway World, The Playlist

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  1. Russell Crowe? Keep the A List coming

  2. Crowe definitely has the acting chops. However, does he have musical ability? I haven’t had the chance to hear him sing… is he any good?

  3. I support Paul Bettany over Russell Crowe. While Crowe is a fine actor, the role has Paul Bettany screaming all over it.

    Anne Hathaway is an interesting pick, i’d go with a bankable broadway star over a bankable movie star. Hugh Jackman is big enough on screen to draw audiences but getting a real broadway star will give the film credibility with fans and more likely to make the film lasting. Not like the forgettable Phantom movie.

    out of the choices for Cosette, I’d go with Miranda Cosgrove. She can sing and act pretty well. She looks young and would be a passable as daughter of Anne Hathaway. Also, she would bring in a younger audience.

    I’m very excited for this movie. Hopefully it would be the best Musical since “Chicago” after a slew of disappointments (Mamma Mia, RENT, Phantom).

  4. I had thought this movie would have some class — but now they are talking Hathaway and Crowe in a classical musical like Les Miz — I don’t think so! I liked the idea of Jackman and genuine classical singers, but now it is sounding cheaper and cheaper… just another costume movie…

  5. I know they need names to draw people to the theatre. But decent voice just isn’t enough when it comes to this musical. The songs are varied in range and all that. Anne Hathaway as Fantine woks. But unless one of those other girls named for Cosette are secretly hiding a killer voice – NO! Cosette doesn’t do alot of singing solo, tho. So maybe. But what about Eponine??? Anyone rumoured for her? She has the two best female solo songs in the show!

    • The same names considered for Cosette are also those in the running for Eponine (of course all of this is just rumor).

      • Thanks. I think Demi Lovato or even Selena Gomez would work well for Eponine. And they can both sing. Demi especially. And both are commercially viable options. And I TOTALLY think Hugh Jackman can pull it off! Although. . . there are notes in Bring Him Home that maybe. . . IDK. Guess we will all see.

        • Please dont not put Demi Lavoto or Selena Gomaz in this movie! (Im talking to you Whimsic Alley)

  6. I’m still not sold on Hugh Jackman as Valjean. I know he knows how to do movies and he can do stage musicals but that doesn’t necessarily make him right for THIS part. First off he doesn’t “feel” like a Valjean to me. But secondly, I don’t think he can sing it.

    I have only ever heard Jackman perform baritone parts (Curly in “Oklahoma,” Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”). And Valjean is a VERY high tenor part. It has been called one of the rangiest tenor roles in popular musical theater canon. The vocal range goes from Low A to High A (above Middle C). Can Jackman go that high?

    I know music can be rewritten, but if they rearrange a song such as “Bring Him Home” for a baritone it really kills the song. Google Alfie Boe or Colm Wilkinson singing it and you’ll see what I mean.

      • Bankable. Bah! John Barrowman is frakking awesome in anything he does. I don’t think his voice if made for the part tho. :-(

        • frankly, i have my own dream cast of actors for each role. But this is the real world and we have to face it. The studio isnt gonna spend the amount of money unless it has some real celebrities. Its just the world we live in. Best we can do is compromise and get some talented stars (Hugh Jackman) as well as some broadway elite.

          To us here, Tom Hooper and the Legacy Les Mis currently has, is enough to keep us all interested in the film. But for the other 95% of theater goers, they need to see Wolverine in a bloody battle with that guy from Priest. Lets just how they do compromise and Tom Hooper knows what he’s doing

    • One advantage of a motion picture, is that the songs (or parts of songs) can be done over and over until it is done perfectly. If Jackman misses a high note, he will just have to do it all over again. He has disciplined himself for Wolverine muscles, etc., I think that he will find those high note muscles when required.

  7. I’d rather see Bettany over Crowe also. He can certainly sing, and he has auditioned for the part. He was Hooper’s original choice for The King’s Speech, but Paul turned it down to spend time with his family (he’d just finished filming The Tourist). He needs to get away from Sci-Fi/Action/Fantasy and act in something different.

    • My goodness Paul B (who i love) turned down the king’s speech??! i’m speechless.. what a HUGE mistake he made.

  8. When was Jackman confirmed as Valjean? I’ve seen bits where he’s “in talks,” others where the site says so, and one story where Jackman says he’s playing the part. But no where have I seen an announcement by Universal, Working Title, Cameron Mackintosh or Tom Hooper saying their happy to be working with him, etc., etc. In fact I’ve heard precious little from Universal, Cameron or Tom about the project since April.

    I just can’t see Jackman pulling this off well. He’s a light tenor, very musical theater. But Valjean needs a voice with strength, power and an incredible range. That’s not Jackman. And apologies to his fans, but apart from Wolverine, I’ve been underwhelmed by his acting. Have the terrible feeling that trying to make a Les Mis movie sellable, will make it unwatchable.

  9. So far Jackman has been called a strong baritone and a light tenor. Does anybody know what he is? It apparently was after he sang in a strong baritone at the Tony Awards show that Tom Hooper asked him to do Les Miz. I have watched the YouTube shots of him in The Boy From Oz, and have that CD, and Jackman surely has the ability to do Les Miz.

  10. Interesting casting. Crowe has the menace that Bettany lacks, but will he be able to sing “Stars” one of my favs from the show. I think Lea Michele would be an ideal Cosette.