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Russell Crowe signs to sing alongside Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables

09.09.2011
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Russell Crowe, who fancies himself something of an amateur crooner as the lead singer of Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God, will get a chance to test his pipes on a more professional level. The actor has signed on to star in his first musical, Universal's big-budget adaptation of LES MISERABLES.

Crowe would star with Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter in the film, which will be directed by Tom Hooper (THE KING'S SPEECH). The actor will play Javert, a police inspector and guard of the prison where Valjean (Jackman) is locked up (spoiler alert: they don't really get along). Bonham-Carter would star as Madame Thenardier, an innkeeper who abuses Cosette, the heroine of the film.

LES MISERABLES was last adapted into a film in 1998 with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush starring in the two male leads (Uma Thurman and Claire Danes starred as Fantine and Cosette respectively).

The new version is expected to be released on December 7, 2012 and, likely, get a big Oscar push from the studio.

Extra Tidbit: Full Disclosure: I have never seen LES MISERABLES in any of its adaptations.
Source: THR

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1:07PM on 09/09/2011
I'm a big fan of both of these guys.. I'm not much of a musical guy but I'm totally interested.
I'm a big fan of both of these guys.. I'm not much of a musical guy but I'm totally interested.
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11:14AM on 09/09/2011
This will be amazing. Hugh Jackman is def the only Hollywood actor who has any business starring in a broadway musical so it's only appropriate that he play the lead in the world's most popular one. As for Crowe...time will tell. And Helena will essentially be playing the same role she did in Sweeney Todd :-/
This will be amazing. Hugh Jackman is def the only Hollywood actor who has any business starring in a broadway musical so it's only appropriate that he play the lead in the world's most popular one. As for Crowe...time will tell. And Helena will essentially be playing the same role she did in Sweeney Todd :-/
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10:34AM on 09/09/2011
I'm so glad he wasn't Wolverine when it came to casting for the role. Now his co-star on the other hand...........can't say the same for him.
I'm so glad he wasn't Wolverine when it came to casting for the role. Now his co-star on the other hand...........can't say the same for him.
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8:39AM on 09/09/2011

A friend of mine took his girlfriend to see the play years ago and this was how he summed it up...

"Two hours of crying over a fucking loaf of bread."
"Two hours of crying over a fucking loaf of bread."
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