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Calling all musical fans!!!!

Universal Pictures have released an official synopsis for the film version of Les Miserables.

If you have ever seen it performed on stage you will know the story, but as its one of the most popular and longest running musicals in the world, I don’t think that will put too many off seeing it on the big screen.

The project helmed by The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper and with a cast including, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, plus the unofficial rumours of Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, singer Taylor Swift in the role of Eponine and Sacha Baron Cohen is also rumoured to be a strong contender (once believed offered to Geoffrey Rush) role of Monsieur Thenardier; makes it a unmissable event.

The Les Miserables production is due to begin this February.

Les Miserables Official Synopsis

Release date: December 7, 2012

Genre: Musical epic

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Adapted from: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s stage musical Les Misérables, produced by Cameron Mackintosh

Based on the Novel by: Victor Hugo

Screenplay by: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Music by: Claude-Michel Schönberg

                                               Lyrics by: Herbert Kretzmer

                                               Produced By: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra 

                                               Hayward, Cameron  Mackintosh    

                                               Executive Producer: Liza Chasin

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech‘s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, with further casting to be announced.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables 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.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs–including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”–Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

Source: Collider