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Anne Hathaway Already Set to Join Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables'?

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August 30, 2011
Source: Broadway World

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman

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.

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  • Txsrangerfan08
    Whoop! New information for Les Mis! I've been waiting for this! I totally called Helena Bonaham Carter as Madame Thenardier. I would go with Johnny Depp as Thenardier though. Just the Helena/Johnny duo makes more sense to me. As for Eponine and Cosette I'd have to say Miranda as Eponine. Cosette goes really high in the songs so I'm not sure about the other choices. It'd be awesome if Samantha Barks (who played Eponine in the 25th anniversary concert) was in it. She's awesome. That is all. I'm really excited for this.
    • Guest
      Well, Lucy Hale can sing, so that might give her a leg up.
  • Xerxexx
    Awesome. The two have great chemistry.
    • Anonymous
      where have you been!? seen anything good? did you see "wild target" or "kill the irishman" yet?
      • Xerxexx
        I've been in solitude man! Haven't seen either one yet recently watched Win Win...not that great. On my list now is The Conspirator.
  • Neo-3
    How could it begin Feb 2012, doesn't The Wolverine star in the Spring?
  • equustel
    Yay Les Mis! Wouldn't mind Anne at all as Fantine. Funny that Geoffrey Rush is rumored for Thenardier, seeing as he played Javert in the non-musical film version (1998)... an excellent Javert at that. But he'd certainly fit Mr. T. But please keep Hayden Panettiere far away from this production.
    • Txsrangerfan08
      I forgot about Geoffrey being the old Javert, and I just watched it recently. lol.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vincent-Gabriele/734710843 Vincent Gabriele
    Those two should perform together on everything.
  • ur_babys_daddy
    Is this a movie or a singing movie? Either way I'm hooked. Loved the musical
  • Anonymous
    Absolutely love the idea of Hathaway as Fantine.  With two stars of that caliber, Hooper could afford to go with lesser stars for other roles in order to get quality voices.  Crowe keeps getting pushed and I just can't hear him singing "Stars".  
  • Robotprophet
    i am SO going to see this movie. I just hope these actors and actresses can actually sing.
  • Bltzie
    Yeah, they do have great chemistry, and Anne Hathaway can SING! 
  • BeachBum
    What is the problem with Hayden Panettiere as Cosette? I thought she was wonderfully naive in the 25th Anniversary concert.
    • Joanne
      You, my dear, are being overbearingly naive. She was never in the 25th Anniversary concert. 
  • Guest
    For Young Cosette, Jackie Evancho, in her acting debut, is my suggestion. I think she could carry the acting; the singing, well that's not even up for any discourse! JE has expressed an interest in acting in several interviews, She turns 12 next April, and certainly can look younger than that.
  • Sarahjauthor
    I agree that Samantha Barks should be Eponine in the movie, and I think that Helena Bonham Carter would be great as Mme. Thenardier.
  • Aevenstarr
    Anne Hathaway while talented, is completely wrong for Fantine. A woman who first of all is described as blonde and blue eyed fair....but, also is destitute and not healthy....gaunt broken....aslo, Hathaway is already overexposed and just wait until Batman 3 comes out. Come on Tom Hooper....gives us some guts and some ugliness this is Victor Hugo! Hayden Panitierre or Miranda Cosgrove?  I just hope that is a joke! 

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