The first teaser trailer for Les Miserables is now online! Anne Hathaway’s raw and haunting rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is overlaid on top of various scenes from the Tom Hooper-directed musical, including lots of shots of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. The trailer itself seems to hint towards gorgeous choreography and plenty of poignant moments (how cute is little Cosette?). I’ll try to make screen captures as soon as possible, but I’m having difficulties downloading the video. Enjoy the trailer in the meantime!
USA Today has just debuted the first official film stills from Les Miserables! There are three new images featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean (including one alongside Russell Crowe’s Javert and another featuring young Cosette), plus another version of the photograph Hugh revealed on his Twitter a few months ago. Along with the stills were a few anecdotes, which you can read below:
• Russell Crowe returns to his musical theater roots as Javert, who spends years in pursuit of ex-prisoner Valjean. Says noted impresario Cameron Mackintosh, who has been trying to make Les Miserables into a film since the late ’80s, “I thought Hugh and Russell would be marvelous together, two Aussie guys who would be so complementary to each other.”
• Eight years after breaking parole, Valjean has reinvented himself as wealthy businessman Monsieur Madeleine. Hugh Jackman, who first found fame on stage in a 1998 London production of Oklahoma!, has wanted to do a movie musical for years. “Chicago was one I turned down, and it was probably stupid,” Jackman tells USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna, explaining he didn’t feel old enough to play Billy Flynn. Now, he says, “I can’t believe I got this one.”
• Valjean fears that Javert recognizes him in his new guise. Jackman explains the universal appeal of Les Miserables, which has been seen on stage by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages: “It’s about the human spirit and the ability to become the best version of ourselves no matter what the odds. That is something we can all relate to.”
• Keeping his vow to Fantine, Valjean rescues the young Cosette (Isabelle Allen) and raises her. “One of the scenes I’ve seen in the rushes that just breaks my heart is Hugh finding little baby Cosette in the woods all covered in snow,” says producer Cameron Mackintosh. “It is one of the most haunting things I’ve seen.”
Hugh Jackman Fan has an amazing new layout up, courtesy of Flor at Sweet Revelation! She’s designed many sites for me within the past few months with constant quality, and this layout is just as gorgeous as expected. (You can also catch a new look at the gallery.) Hopefully it is easy to read for visitors. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!
Another photo from the upcoming movie adaptation of the hit musical Les Miserables has been released, this one depicting Hugh Jackman as a younger Jean Valjean (evidently, hiding from Javert). Posted on both the film’s official Facebook and Twitter was this description of the scene:
Take 1 of scene 34A at Chatham Historic Docks @RealHughJackman as Valjean hides from Javert.
Here’s a hilarious new video featuring Hugh Jackman, courtesy of College Humor. In it, “Mr. Jackman auditions for his toughest role yet: not auditioning.” The location of this skit is as Harlem Village Academies, a charter school that wants their students “to become intellectually sophisticated, wholesome in character, avid readers, independent thinkers, and compassionate individuals who make a meaningful contribution to society.” The video itself shows Hugh taking a comedic route, parodying himself and the expectations of big-headed Hollywood stars. Very funny!
Once again on the set of Les Mis, Hugh Jackman has recorded a video in costume as Jean Valjean — this time, paying tribute to legendary Hollywood icon, Gene Kelly. The video is relatively short, but Hugh gives insight on just how much Gene meant (and still means) to him as a performer. He even includes an anecdote about Singing In The Rain from his youth. (And for those interested: there’s also a peak at the Les Mis movie barricade!) The message was filmed for The Academy’s Centennial Tribute to Gene Kelly, which occurred last night, May 17th.
A new film still featuring two Jean Valjeans has been released! Hugh Jackman – in costume as Valjean in Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of the musical – is posed alongside Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Valjean on both the West End and Broadway. In case you don’t remember, Colm will be playing the Bishop of Digne in Les Miserables; a beautiful full-circle for his Les Mis involvement, as the Bishop is the single catalyst that causes Jean Valjean to start his life over.
As a side-note: Hugh sang “Bring Him Home” for the film today, May 15th, according to a multitude of tweets (namely, from actors playing Les Amis de l’ABC). It was reported that he sang for two hours!