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Les Miserables all set for big screen adaptation

13th January 2012

Filming of a new big screen adaptation of Les Miserables is set to go ahead after the cast and crew of Tom Hooper's version of the classic Victor Hugo tale were finalised.

As with the hugely successful stage version of the novel, Les Miserables will be a musical, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway among an all-star cast.

The story sees the ex-convict Jean Valjean, played by Jackman, hunted by Crowe's policeman Javert after he breaks parole, with Hathaway in the role of factory worker Fantine.

The student Marius will be portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, who is currently playing the title character in Richard II at London's Donmar Warehouse and will also be appearing in another adaptation - of Sebastian Faulks' modern classic Birdsong - later in the year.

Redmayne revealed that the songs in the film will be performed live by the actors and the entire recording then transferred to the music track, rather than being sung in different stages and then pieced together.

This will help to retain the more spontaneous feel of stage versions and hopefully not disappoint fans of Claude-Michel Schonberg's beloved musical, explained the actor, who will be responsible for singing the classic solo 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables'.

'The idea is that the piano will play and we'll sing live - they've tested it all and I think it will be good,' Redmayne explained.

Les Miserables begins filming in March and will be released worldwide on December 7th.

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