Based on early footage that has been screened at CinemaCon on Thursday, I can honestly say that prodigal Susan Boyle is to be de-throned, because the spin Anne Hathaway
put on ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ ensured that, and it will surely be tough to follow.
Anne’s singing has been captured on the set, which Oscar-winning Tom Hooper
(The King’s Speech
) planned to do as much as possible. Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson said “It is raw and it is real,” warning the audience that the early look still hasn’t been touched up.
The footage, set to the Broadway show’s famous ballad, contained glimpses of Russell Crowe
as the obsessed Inspector Javert and Hugh Jackman
as the reformed convict, Jean Valjean. There were also quick shots of Eddie Redmayne
as Marius, a student activist, and Amanda Seyfried
as Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette, all set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
But the focus was on Hathaway and her vocal talents.
Prepare well, musical lovers, for “Les Miserables” hits theaters on December 25th, 2012.
Correction: The story is set in the 19th century France, about a century AFTER French Revolution.