‘Les Misérables’ Set Pic Reveals Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

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The end of any year is traditionally when the more prestigious and “artsy” anticipated films hit theaters, and 2012 will be no different. In addition to literature adaptations like Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, this December will also mark the arrival of the long-awaited Les Misérables: a cinematic treatment of the multiple Tony Award-winning musical based on Victor Hugo’s famous (and hefty) 19th-century novel.

Les Misérables is being headlined by fellow Tony winner (and Hollywood A-lister) Hugh Jackman as the virtuous ex-convict Jean Valjean. However, in the first set image for the production, we get a look at what the X-Men star will look like as the character prior to (or, perhaps, right after) his release from prison.

Here is the film’s official synopsis, followed by the first pic of Jackman as Jean Valjean:

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

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Obviously one of the benefits of bringing a stage musical like Les Misérables to the big screen is that its allows for a more organically-textured and “realistic” portrayal of the production’s characters and settings. That should easily be the case here, as Jackman’s Jean Valjean (with his gaunt face, scraggly beard, messily shaven head, and filthy garb) is quite convincing in his appearance as a prisoner, circa the early 1800s. Kudos to Les Misérables costume designer Paco Delgado (The Skin I Live In), for that reason.

Of course Les Misérables also has the benefit of being brought to life by excellent talent like The King’s Speech director (and Oscar-winner) Tom Hooper and production designer Eve Stewart – with a cast which includes thespians who are both musically-talented and boast great acting chops to boot (including such people as Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried in supporting roles). Suffice it to say, this project is in good hands.

Les Misérables arrives in theaters around the U.S. on December 14th, 2012.

Source: The Courier-Mail [via Collider]

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  1. I thought the version with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush was just fine, thank you. Won’t be seeing this one.

    • but Rush’s singing was terrible. I will there at the fight and celebrating the end of the Obama reign of terror.

      • Put your beer down, and step away from your computer…

        • Okay, settle down folks, let’s stay on topic.

          On that note: I recall liking the Les Miserable adaptation with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush when I saw it, but that’s a non-musical version based primarily on Victor Hugo’s original novel.

          • Wasn’t aware this one was going to be a musical. If they can do something as good as Fiddler on the Roof, perhaps I’ll see it on DVD.

            • It is the musical version and Hugh Jackman has a fantastic voice so i am really excited personally

      • My only comment as well…stop blaming Bush. The democrats have had the majority of power for five years now, as they held the House and Senate the last two years of Bush’s term. Then, they had complete control for the first two year’s of Obama’s term, having the presidency, the House, and the Senate. Now, they still own the presidency and the Senate. So, again, stop blaming Bush, and recognize that Obama has made plenty of mistakes himself…

        • This thread has become disjointed. My comments above were in response to another person’s quip, which has apparently been deleted. Thus, back to the topic at hand, Les Miserables. No need to respond…

    • That version had nothing to do with the stage musical. I want this one.

      • Who’s Obama?

        • Isn’t he Jean Valjean’s father? No, his brother? No no, his accountant? Hmm, president of his fan club?

          I forget.

    • This is a musical version, based on the great musical stage version. It is written in the article.

    • I’m surprised there’s people on this site don’t wan to see this movie. Thought we were All movie fans here. The talent making this makes it worth watching alone. You throw in a great story as well come on now! This has Oscar written all over it. I would go see pooty tang 2 if this cast and director were making it.

    • That was not a Musical. This is containing all the Music from the broadway Musical, arguablly the best show in the last 20 to 30 years

      • very arguably.
        in my opinion, a HIGHLY over-rated show with mediocre songs.
        despite all the talent in this film production, the musical itself is such commercial trash, I just won’t be able to see it.

        • Since it is the single most successful global musical of all time, I can understand why rehearing all that beautiful music that brings the audience to tears at the end of every show might start to seem a little trite. I’ve never gotten tired of it after three viewings in the theater and hundreds of times with the song track, but everyone gets to have an opinion.

          • success =/= quality.
            sadly.

            popularity =/= quality.
            sadly.

    • this one is a musical, Liam’s was not and yes it was great.this could be too.

  2. This has the ingredients to make an excellent movie of this popular stage musical — and I can’t wait for all the Les Miz songs sung by this cast…
    should be awesome…

    • I can’t wait for him to get the maraca’s out and start singing “When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio, De Janeiro!!”

  3. I hated the Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush for several reasons. The main one being that anyone who would cut Hugo’s beautiful ending and then write their own alternate universe ending in which Valjean gloats over Javert’s death has no understanding of Hugo’s novel.

    Best review of that film: http://livlovelaugh.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/les-miserables/

    “as a prisoner, circa the late 1800s.”

    Small typo here. ;-) should be “early 1800s”

    • Thanks for catching that, it’s been corrected.

  4. When the Neeson/Rush film came out I asked, “Why didn’t they do the musical?”. Now I know. They were waiting for as close to perfect a cast as possible to give the audience the musical they have been waiting to see for more than three decades. I wish them well as they are trying to create legendary.

  5. That’s just a scary photo of Jackman.

  6. I can’t wait to see the musical. Jackman has a fantastic voice and I saw him two times on stage. The cast is perfect and I’m really excited.

  7. Im not reallya fan of musicals or overweight Russel Crowe but I like the story. I havent been this conflicted since Pokemon Red & Blue came out atthe same time.

    • Read Russel’s twitter. He gives you his exercise schedule almost every day. :-) He’s taking the need to be in shape for this very seriously.

  8. My high school (which, despite being a public school had a really great theater program) put on a very good performance of the Les Miserables musical. If I enjoyed that, then I fully expect to enjoy this.

  9. Are there any pictures of Samantha barks

  10. I hated the old film and are looking forward to the new one

    By the way this is my actuall name funny right

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