Cast of Director Tom Hooper's LES MISERABLES Will Record Songs Live on Set
Published: December 28, 2011 - 10:50am
The film, directed by Oscar winning helmer of The King's Speech Tom Hooper, stars Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway and is expected to hit theaters December 7, 2012.
Les Miserables tells the story of unjustly convicted prisoner Jean Valjean, who has an uncanny level of physical strength. Determined to change his circumstances, the protagonist violates his parole, changes his names and becomes an industrious factory owner and eventually Mayor. In this new role, he becomes a champion of the oppressed, poor, and downtrodden. He saves a woman named Fantine, who has an illegitimate child, from a life of social exile and certain death. He also uses his considerable brawn to save a man from an overturned carriage. He can not escape his past however and is pursued by Javert, a police officer with an unflinching sense of justice. All this happens at a time of growing political revolution and unrest at the governments neglect of the common and poor.
Director Tom Hooper, who won an Academy Award for last year's The King's Speech, recently revealed that the film will be released in "good old-fashioned 2-D" after 3-D testing didn't meet their expectations. The script was penned by William Nicholson with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. Experienced musicals show runner of stage and screen Cameron Mackintosh will be on to produce with Working Title's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward. Les Miserables is scheduled for theatrical release on December 7, 2012.
Hugh Jackman will star as Jean Valjean with Russell Crowe as his antagonist Inspector Javert. Anne Hathaway will play Fantine. Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne, who can next be seen in theaters opposite Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, has signed on to play the part of Marius. Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on for the role of Monsieur Thenardier. It was also recently reported that Taylor Swift (Valentine's Day), Lea Michele (GLEE), Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) and Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March) are rumored as the four contenders up for the role of Éponine.
A new report notes that the cast of the film will be recording their songs differently than most other musical adaptations:
"Unlike most film musicals, the cast will record their vocals live on camera rather than go into a studio first then mime on film to the pre-recorded vocal… First they have to learn the complex songs, then they’ll have to get it right on set in front of the other stars and crew."