Sacha Baron Cohen Will Be Monsieur Thenardier in 'Les Miserables'
While we're still waiting to hear whether "Glee" and Broadway star Lea Michele, singer-turned-actress Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson or Evan Rachel Wood will take the part of Eponine in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the classic Broadway musical Les Miserables, another key male role has just been filled. London Net (via The Playlist) has learned that Sacha Baron Cohen, who belted out tunes with success in Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will lend his voice to the project as Monsieur Thernardier opposite Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.
Cohen has taken on few roles over the years with Sweeney Todd and Hugo being his only turns outside of his own characters Borat and Bruno, but we'll also see him in the original comedy The Dictator next year, not to mention a small but pivotal role in Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated western Django Unchained. It seems like Cohen is quite eager to do some more singing on the big screen too since the actor is also slated to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a film about the classic rock band's rise to success. And while we saw Cohen and a spectacular mustache in 3D for Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Tom Hooper will be shooting the musical adaptation in 2D despite earlier reports that the film might head into the third dimenson.
I really liked the idea of Geoffrey Rush playing Thenardier, but Cohen is an equally fun, fitting (though in a different way) choice.
gpak on Dec 8, 2011
Don't forget Jean Girard from "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."
Moosenlawyer on Dec 8, 2011
Aww man. I was hoping Johnny Depp would play that part. Him and Helena Bonham Carter would've been a great combo again. The part's kind of a humorous part and they're a little tipsy most of the time. Oh well. Still not wanting Taylor Swift in it at all. Too country of a voice. No accent either.
Txsrangerfan08 on Dec 9, 2011
be still my heart- Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean...
Fsutrill on Dec 12, 2011
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