Les Miserables tells the story of Inspector Javert pursing Jean Valjean, a frenchman on the run for two decades, when Valjean finds himself in the middle of the June Rebellion in Paris. Plenty of high profile names have been tossed around when a film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables was announced last year. Amanda Seyfried, Taylor Swift and Lea Michele were vying for Eponine and Cosette. Amanda Seyfried is playing Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of a struggling factory worker. Much to the surprise of the theater community, Taylor Swift was offered the role of Eponine over Lea Michele who had previously played the role. It was announced this week that Samantha Barks will play the role. She currently plays Nancy in the UK tour of Oliver! Rounding out this start studded affair is Hugh Jackman (Jean Valijean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), and Helena Bonham Carter (Madam Thenardier). Tom Hopper, director of The King’s Speech and Elizabeth I is directing the film.
Principal photography will begin in March of this year with a scheduled release date of December 2012. As a fan of the musical and a film student that knows all too well how long it takes to make a movie, there is no way they can do the show justice with a six month turn around between shooting and the release date. Many theatergoers are worried that the high profile names attached to the project will overshadow this story. Only time will tell.
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