We’re not so psyched about this news, but here it is. As had been rumored for a couple months now, Anne Hathaway will indeed be joining Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of blockbuster hit musical “Les Miserables.” She will play Fantine, a poor young woman desperate to do anything she can to make money to send to the couple who is caring for her young daughter Cosette. Deadline reported this morning Hathaway has closed her deal so this is finally official.
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 Cosette under his wing and a new generation of characters joins the story as she comes of age and falls in love with young revolutionary Marius. Hathaway’s Fantine only appear in a supporting role, but she will get to sing one of the most famous songs of the musical, the emotional and tragic “I Dreamed a Dream”.
No word yet on other key roles like Marius, Eponine, Cosette and Enjolras, though as previously reported, Hooper is said to be looking for significantly younger actors to play the roles, rather than people in their 20s. Filming is set to begin early 2012, with a release date already set for December 7, 2012.
Hathaway is no stranger to musical theater, having been the last standing finalist for the role of Christine Daae in Joel Schumacher’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, before losing out to Emmy Rossum. We still question that decision! She’s also made no secret of her lovely voice, singing while hosting “Saturday Night Live” and then, famously, the Oscars. The former Disney star turned Oscar-nominated actress is currently shooting the role of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”