Casting is quickly firming up on Tom Hooper’s adaptation of international blockbuster musical “Les Miserables”, but while some of the major roles are still being negotiated, a strong supporting character has been finalized. Little known stage and screen actor George Blagden has been cast as student revolutionary Grantaire, the actor’s reps confirmed to us today. Blagden will share the screen with the likes of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
Blagden will share most of his screentime with Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit, whose Marius and Enjolras are close friends and fellow revolutionaries alongside Grantaire, who Jackman’s Jean Valjean encounters in the second act of the story. It was also revealed recently that “Les Mis” original London cast members Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) and Frances Ruffelle (Eponine) will have small roles in the film. Wilkinson will play a Bishop Valjean meets in the beginning of his journey who sets him on the right path with his kindness, and Ruffelle will play a “fabulous whore” during one of Fantine’s ensemble musical numbers, “Lovely Ladies.” Meanwhile, Taylor Swift, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter still remain in negotiations for the roles of Eponine, Thenardier and Mme Thenardier, respectively. Those deals better come together fast, with rehearsals beginning this week and filming set for March, all towards a release date of December 7, 2012.
Blagden is a neophyte to the big screen, with his first credits set for release this year, in “Clash of the Titans” sequel “Wrath of the Titans” with Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson, and indie “The Philosophers”, starring some of the hottest rising talent including Rhys Wakefield, Sophie Lowe, “Harry Potter”‘s Bonnie Wright and “W.E.”‘s James D’Arcy. “Les Miserabls” should be a nice breakout for Blagden, a tenor who has also appeared on stage in “Kiss Me Kate”, “The Blue Room” and more.