British actor Eddie Redmayne, one of our Faces to Watch in 2011, has landed the pivotal role of Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of “Les Miserables”, Deadline reports. Redmayne joins an impressive cast that includes Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as arch enemies Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, respectively, and Anne Hathaway as tragic figure Fantine.
The Claude-Michel Schönberg musical, based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, is the World’s Longest Running Musical and follows 19th century convict Jean Valjean (Jackman), who has been let out after 19 years in prison, as he finds redemption, goes on the run after breaking parole and fends off the relentless Inspector Javert (Crowe). Along the way, he takes Fantine’s young daughter Cosette under his wing and a new generation of characters join the story as she comes of age and falls in love with young revolutionary Marius.
Mark us in as 100% in support of this casting decision, Redmayne has the exact blend of boyish naivete and mature gravitas needed for this role. Now, let’s hope the casting for Cosette, revolutionary leader Enjolras and street urchin Eponine live up the the casting for Marius. Filming is set to begin in March with rehearsals starting in January and February for the main cast.
Redmayne can currently be seen opposite Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn.”