Saturday, September 10, 2011

'Les Miserables' Musical: Russell Crowe, Hug Jackman in Dec. 2012 Film Adaptation


I doubt there are few adults of considerate mind and soul who fail to appreciate Victor Hugo's profound novel, Les Misérables, of protagonists ex-convict Jean Valjean and his nemesis, Inspector Javert. Well, some even better news than the 1998 film version staring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman (that had a poor box office but was thoroughly followed in DVD and digital format) has arrived. Variety reports that the Broadway musical version (third longest running in Broadway and longest running world wide) is coming to the big screen with Hugh Jackman as Valjean and Crowe as Javert.

The story, itself, is irresistibly compelling for audiences as the struggle for redemption by Valjean and then, later, Javert, unfolds. If there ever was a story that could be complimented by musical telling, it is this one. The musical's release is set for December of 2012 and undoubtedly will be showered (and probably appropriately so) with many awards, including one or more Oscars.

In a day and age when movie content is wanting, this is worth the wait.  On a side note, for Russell Crowe fans, he is also busy in the midst of this project with some action flicks. One of particular interest is called, "Man of Steel" where he will play Superman's biological father, Jor-El.

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