Oct 6, 2011

Even more updates on Les Miserables are slowly starting to surface, including confirmation of the January-February rehearsals and March start date for filming. In this article, Hugh mentions that they’ll start recording in January as well — very exciting! He also talks about being thrilled over working with Russell Crowe, more on Real Steel, “tricks” on making a red carpet appearance work, his ongoing desire to bring Carousel back to the screen in a new movie-musical adaptation, and he elaborates on a road trip he took with his family while visiting France in August. A fun, informative article that you can read in its entirety at the source. It’s also been added to the press archive.

“It’s happening,” said Hugh Jackman, confirming the film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables. Wolverine will keep his sideburns but will have to clip his claws for the role of Jean Valjean. Hugh will battle it out in song against fellow Australian star Russell Crowe who portrays Valjean’s nemesis, Inspector Javert.

“We’re shooting next March,” said Hugh in a recent chat. “We start rehearsals and recording in January and February. I’m actually going this month to start doing initial rehearsals. I auditioned hard and lobbied for the role. I went into a three-hour audition for Tom Hooper, the director.”

Hooper, who directed the award-winning The King’s Speech, also cast Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier) and Geoffrey Rush (Monsieur Thenardier).

Emma Watson was rumored to play Cosette in this film adaptation written by William Nicholson based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, with Cameron Mackintosh as one of the producers. But recent reports deny that the Harry Potter actress is in the cast.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the casting of Russell as Javert,” Hugh said.


One response to “Says Hugh on Fellow Aussie, Russell Crowe: “I have great respect for him””

  1. Jamie says:

    So excited for Hugh Jackman to be in Les Mis. Excellent casting! He will do great!
    Has anyone heard who is being cast as Cosette and Eponine?
    Have you heard Haigan sing for cosette? Found a link on youtube when searching tom hooper les mis. Not sure if she got an audition, but she seems pretty perfect for cosette.
    Emma Watson is out right? I wonder if they will chose a big name. I would have liked to see if Emma Watson could do Cosette- it would have been a great opportunity for her- though I’m sure she has equally exciting roles lined up.

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