‘Les Misérables’ Set Photos: Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert

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Paparazzi pics continue to flow from King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s cinematic treatment of the award-winning Les Misérables Broadway stage musical. The latest images leaked from the prestigious production reveal Oscar-winner Russell Crowe in costume as the rigidly authoritative Frenchman, Inspector Javert.

The central unifying narrative thread in Les Misérables concerns Jackman as Jean Valjean (who was imprisoned for stealing food for his starving sister and her family) and Crowe as Inspector Javert, a ruthless police officer who becomes obsessed with bringing Valjean “to justice,” after he breaks parole. The two engage in a cat-and-mouse game that unfolds over the course of some 17 years, culminating with the June Rebellion (an anti-monarchist uprising) in 1832.

Besides Crowe in costume, these new Les Miz images also offer a somewhat better look at the 19th-century French aesthetic and decoratives that make up the film’s setting – as overseen by Oscar-nominated production designer Eve Stewart (Topsy-TurvyThe King’s Speech) – along with yet another look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, during his time as a convict. Suffice it to say, this period drama should be pretty easy on the eyes [insert joke about Jackman, Crowe and/or costars Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried here].

Check out said photos from the Les Misérables set below:

Most movie fans seems more than satisfied with the casting of Jackman and Crowe alike – as both are renowned for their acting chops, read as being excellent fits for their respective roles and have great singing abilities to boot (the former is a Tony-winner, the latter is a longtime professional musician). Although musical theater fans have expressed more mixed feelings about the pair’s involvement, even they seem willing to admit that there have been far worse mis-matched movie musical casting decisions in the past (cough, Gerard Butler in The Phantom of the Opera, cough).

Combine the idea of Jackman and Crowe belting out many of the original Les Miz stage show’s widely-beloved tunes, as recorded live (rather than during pre or post-production, as is traditional) – all under the supervision of a filmmaking team with a pretty impeccable track record, and Les Misérables sounds more and more like it could be one of the better movie musicals released in recent memory.

Les Misérables is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on December 14th, 2012.

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Source: The Daily Mail

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  1. “Easy on the eyes” means more Russell Crowe than Hugh Jackman to me, but to each his own. I can’t wait to hear both Crowe and Jackman singing these songs.

    • I went ahead and added Crowe as well, since I’m sure you’re not the only one who feels that way. ;-)

  2. And now, after listening to the soundtrack fifty million times, seeing the play twice, and watching the anniversary celebration on VHS, I can finally see the movie…

  3. I don’t know anything about “Lay Mizzerabluur ;0 “, but this looks great. I’m not too hot on musicals though. I really couldn’t cope with Evita and Moulin Rouge just killed it for me. But some really are classic, just none that have been very recent. Does “The Nightmare Before Christmas” count?

    • Oh, yeah, I meant “killed it” in the bad sense. And not bad meaning good sense. Oh, you know what I mean. ;)

  4. Small typo “18th-century French aesthetic” should be early 19th :)

    And thanks for the link on the June uprising!

    • Sorry, I was thinking 1800s and it came out 18th-century. It’s been fixed.

  5. I’ve been a fan of the musical Les Miserable since I was a child. I even read the unabridged version of the book for fun at the age of 11. There was talk back in the 90′s that they were thinking about doing a screen version. I was so bummed that it never came to fruition, but so thrilled it is now. It’s been so long for me hoping to see it and not have to pay $150+ and only get to watch it once. Now I can go to the theatre and then own it and watch whenever I want. SOOOO EXCITED! This story is about redemption and mercy in a on preachy over the top kind of way. The music is great and the story is heartbreaking and timeless!

  6. My wife and I saw a collage play of this. And I realize that it’s more of a musical and I also know that jackman does theater so no worries their but has anyone ever seen Crowe in a musical play and his vocal capabilities. Don’t know if that was the right choice their. Guess we will have to wait and see

  7. This musical, heck the book that it’s based of off are two amazing timeless pieces of culture. I cannot wait for this. The casting is superb, and I just know that its going to be outstanding film. Long live Les Mis! Long live Les Mis!!

  8. I am SOOOOO excited I can hardly wait! I have 2 versions of the CD, the 10th and 25th anniversary on vhs/dvd, saw the play and read the book. I am very happy Colm will be in it, he was my favorite Javier! Do him proud Hugh! My only fear, that I cant keep myself from singing in the theatre.

    • Wait, wait- Machelle- Colm Wilkinson was your favourite “Javier”? Even if you meant Javert, Colm played Jean Valjean. No worries though- french names are tricky.

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