Universal Pictures has released a new Japanese poster and the first featurette for Tom Hooper‘s big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the film tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004. When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World’s Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in London’s West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
Les Miserables is scheduled for a December 25th, 2012 release in the U.S. and January 11th, 2013 in the U.K.