Official: Russell Crowe & Helena Bomham Carter in 'Les Miserables'

September 8, 2011
Source: THR

Helena Bonham Carter / Russell Crowe

At the end of last month, there were rumblings from a reliable Broadway source that Anne Hathaway would be joining Hugh Jackman in the forthcoming big screen adaptation of the classic musical Les Miserables, the next project from The King's Speech director Tom Hooper. While confirmation of that casting has yet to come to light, two other names mentioned in the same story are now confirmed to be negotiating to star in the film as well. THR has word that both Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to lend their voices to the staple musical set during the 19th century French rebellion. Read on!

Crowe will play Javert, the uncompassionate police inspector who will stop at nothing to recapture Jean Valjean (Jackman), the man who steals bread to feed his sister and spends the ensuing years in prison, and trying to escape it, while also becoming the guardian of  a young woman named Cosette. Meanwhile, Carter is playing the greedy wife of Thenardier. Carter has already brought her singing talents to film with Sweeney Todd, but this will be Crowe's first time singing on the big screen, though he has his own collection of music available with his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (now known as The Ordinary Fear of God). Likely more casting decisions we'll be made soon and if that Broadway source stays accurate Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale, or Emma Watson could be announced as Eponine and Cosette.

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  • CookieMonster
    Why is that even being made again?
    • Cinephile
      Cause the musical is beautiful
    • Ali J Miller
      The musical has never been made into a film. All existing Les Mis films are adaptations of the book, and do not involve singing of any kind. :]
  • Miz Fan
    Ali H Miller said it all. Quite excited and watching over this project. Awesome cast official for now. Let's hope they do not confirm any Disney's Girls like it was rumored....  And choose a better Marius than Nick Jonas... --
    • Maxx
      I completely agree. A lot of people I know rave about Jonas' performance in the concert and all I remember is walking out of the theatre for the parts he was singing solo. When the members of the Thenardier gang are better than Marius there is a problem 😉
    • Mr Heat Mizer
      The Miz= Best Heel EVER
  • Maxx
    Now that they cast Madame Thenardier. they have a big responsibility to find a Mr. Thenardier that can really own that role. It is definitely a fan favorite in the character list. Whenever movies are going through the casting phase I like to cast it in my head and for some reason whenever I think of Thenardier, Paul Giamatti comes to mind. I think he would be amazing. Not to mention that I believe him and Carter would have a hilarious yet seedy chemistry.
  • Gentleman308
    Johnny Depp as Thenardier
    • Lif
      how did it come to your mind, I wonder...? 😉 but it's not a Burton film....
  • theatre fan
    Crowe backstabbed Bettany to get this part. Nice friend. 
  • guest
    Does anybody has a time machine? Go and get young Michael Ball, coz he is the perfect Marius!
  • Thavius
    Ugh... Russell Crowe doesn't bode well with me... I guess I could picture him as Javert, or the inn keeper. lol
  • Estelle
    I'm happy to see that helena will play that role...but it's a french classic book, aand it seems to me that the english literature is abundant enough to adapt it in films, although I admit England produces better films than France most of the time....and has better actors, too.. Still, it annoys me. 
  • Stevebeer60
    Crowe can't sing! Did anyone hear him sing in his last film? It was called Three Days Later" or something. Straight to DVD here.




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