The smash hit stage musical Les Misérables has now been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and is entering its 27th year as a stage production. Finally, the silver screen adaptation has arrived as envisioned by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper. Starring a stellar cast including Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, the film looks set to smash box office records globally.
Set against the backdrop of post-revolutionary 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the timeless story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—an ode to the strength 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 this latest on-screen version, the singing is performed live by the entire cast with absolutely no overdubs, no mean feat for mostly musically untrained actors. With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables is about to deliver the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.
After a long period of auditions, Samantha Barks scored the role of Eponine, a role she had played in a previous incarnation on the West End and in the 25th anniversary concert. Barks was mid-performance at Oliver! in Manchester when Producer Cameron Mackintosh came on stage and announced that she had been cast. In the following video head behind the scenes and see exclusive interviews with cast and crew as we lift the curtain on this classic production…
In UK cinemas on January 11th, 2013.