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-Turvy, The 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.
Source: The Daily Mail