Anne Hathaway Already Set to Join Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables'?
The actress has already sang and danced with Hugh Jackman during a previous telecast of the Academy Awards, but now it sounds like Anne Hathaway may get more musical time with the actor. Broadway World (via The Playlist) has word that Anne Hathaway is set to take the role of Fantine in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of the musical Les Miserables. Apparently Jackman himself was pushing her for the lead role, and that might have been the key to landing it. However, it's been said that names like Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall have also been in contention for the role.
I wouldn't call this official just yet, but it's hard not to trust a reliable Broadway news site to know what's going on with a film adaptation of one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Obviously Hathaway can sing as was proven at the Oscar ceremony, and she actually sang On My Own, a song from this very musical (see the performance right here) when she hosted with James Franco. Otherwise, if you missed Hathaway and Jackman hamming it up on stage during the Oscars when the latter talent was hosting, you can check out that clip right here.
In addition, according to It's on the Grid other actors being courted for roles include Russell Crowe for Javert, Geoffrey Rush for Thenardier, Helena Bonaham Carter for Madame Thenardier and finally Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale, and Emma Watson for the roles of Eponine and Cosette. That's quite a variety of talent for the musical, but with this many names still in the running, I'm willing to bet most of the roles aren't finalized yet. Either way, production is slated to begin in February of 2012, so the cast should be revealed very soon.