Star-studded Les Misérables film premieres in London

Star-studded Les Misérables film premieres in London

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    5 December 2012

    Based on the long-running musical, stars of the new film LES MISÉRABLES attended the world premiere in London's Leicester Square. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried joined their co-stars and some 3,000 guests who braved the cold.

    LES MISÉRABLES is set amidst political and social upheaval in 19th century France and based on Victor Hugo's epic French novel. Jackman plays ex-convict Jean Valjean who goes on the run after he violates his parole.

    Recognisable worldwide for his blockbuster Hollywood films, Jackman first gained international fame playing the lead in the Royal National Theatre's highly-acclaimed production of Oklahoma! on the West End – a role that earned him an Olivier nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. In 2004 Jackman won the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his Broadway portrayal of The Boy from Oz.

    Crowe – an Ocar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG-winning actor – plays police inspector Javert, who is charged with relentlessly hunting down Valjean.

    Rather than pre-recording their vocals in a studio, as is customary for musical film, the actors sang live on set. A soprano and trained stage actress, Hathaway plays factory worker turned prostitute Fantine.

    No stranger to musical film having starred in 2008's Mamma Mia! (for which she recorded five songs for the film’s soundtrack), Amanda Seyfried plays Cosette.

    The ensemble cast also includes Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Samantha Barks as Eponine (a role she's also played on the London stage) and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers.

    Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for the The King's Speech in 2011, explained his decision to make the actors sing live as: “The key to making this an emotional and intense experience, and to bring all those people into the fold who are not sure a musical is for them. Trust me it will make you feel differently about the musical genre.”

    Since its debut in 1985, Cameron Mackintosh's stage production has been seen by 60 million people worldwide, and gone on to become the world’s longest-running musical. The current West End cast were given the night off in order to attend the premiere.

    The musical features such iconic songs as “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”.

    Although the film is released in the UK on 11 January 2013, LES MISÉRABLES the musical will enter its 28th year in 2013. Don't miss the West End production that inspired the Hollywood phenomenon – book your LES MISÉRABLES tickets today!

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