For 2012, several movies are highly anticipated with the holidays just a few months away. One that I am actually dreaming of is the film adaptation of the famous stage musical by Boublil and Schonberg based on Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. Hugo’s novel has been adapted into film a few times — one made as early as 1934 and the most recent in 2000 with Depardieu as Valjean and Malkovich as Javert. But none has been adapted from the musical except the one coming this December with Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman playing Jean Valjean and Russel Crowe as his nemesis Javert. The film is directed by no less than Academy Award Winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
Aside from Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe, the cast includes Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette. It took months to cast the roles since it was confirmed that the actors will actually be singing the songs while filming instead of lip synching pre-recorded tracks. I knew that Jackman could sing, but I never realized that Russel Crowe had it in him nor that Anne Hathaway was worthy to sing I Dreamed a Dream. During casting, it was rumored that the role of Eponine would be given to Taylor Swift, but it was eventually played by Samantha Barks (much to my relief considering I am not a fan of live singing by Taylor Swift). Samantha Barks sang On My Own (my fave among all Les Mis songs) during the 25th anniversary of the stage musical. I rather doubt Taylor Swift could sing the song the way she did. Had the film been produced earlier, I believe a younger Lea Salonga would be the better choice.
Anyway, here is the official trailer of Les Miserables which is scheduled for release in December 2012.