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The Les Miserables movie is getting Amanda Seyfried for Cosette ("In the musical, the character is the daughter of Fantine, who is set to be played by Anne Hathaway") and Taylor Swift has been offered Eponine, to the consternation of all Twitter. "Also already attached to the film are Hugh Jackman (as Jean Valjean), Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, and Sacha Baron Cohen," and director Tom Hooper wants to film them singing it live, rather than lip-syncing, and all I know about Les Mis is that all the theater kids were obsessed with it and Valjean like steals a loaf of bread or something so Javert chases him endlessly for umpteen thousand years because sometimes justice is not just, so if someone drops that reference I'll get it, and nothing else. Well, a friend of mine used to play "Master of the House" a lot. Wait, I think I remember Claire Danes in a huge bonnet. Okay, I'm reading the summary on Wikipedia now, and I'm getting "French uprising, not the Revolution like I thought; pretty girls suffer." So, what I'm saying is, I should have a blessedly uncomplicated movie experience, free of any previous stagings. Huzzah!

Meanwhile: LITTLE GIRL IN A CROCHETED YODA HAT FOR YOU TO BUY (the hat, not the girl) (I mean, I guess you can make an offer?).

I am tired. *flop*

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if they cast taylor swift i will die. how horrible. D: D: D: saw evan rachel wood's name in there... i loved her singing in across the universe. oh god please pick her and not taylor.

Think of it this way: she'll be appropriately whiny enough for Les Mis's little emo kid.

(I had a theory once that you could take any of Eponine's songs and turn them into a poorly-spelled LJ post, and anybody'd think you were just another modern 14-year-old.)

I don't usually care much, but I love Les Mis and I love Eponine and that cast list horrifies me.

tbh, I was apprehensive of that cast list even before Taylor Swift was added. Honestly, Russell Crowe as Javert? Hugh Jackman I could maybe see as Valjean (and I think Sacha Baron Cohen could be a great Thernardier) but the rest, eh.

Not to mention I think it would be one of the most difficult Broadway productions to adapt to screen (considering it's entirely sung through) and just...I don't have high hopes for it at all.

Honestly, without even knowing anything about it... Russell Crowe was the name that stopped me dead. I mean, I know he had a band and what-all, but... I just... okay then.

The only reason I will still consider going to see Les Mis is because Aaron Tveit is in it and I have an unreasonably massive crush on him. His voice is pure sex. But I can't decide whether his awesome balances out TSWIFT AS EPONINE *headdesk*

Sorry, I have ~feelings~ about musical theater.

Understood. (I'm a Tveit fan myself.) :-)

I actually like Taylor -- but I don't want her to do this BECAUSE I like her. I like her for what she is: a cute young girl who can turn a phrase and sing a catchy tune. But this role is all wrong for her, and will bring her nothing but backlash -- as we're already seeing. It needs a belter, and she's anything but that. I hope for her sake as well as everyone else's that it's only a rumor.

No, no, Javert chases Valjean because he broke his parole. (and later gets himself elected to public office and humiliates Javert in open court.)

Stealing the bread was what landed him in jail for 19 years. (five years for what he did, the rest because he tried to run. Yeeeessss, 24601)

...I'll leave now.:)

(I find the casting for this movie baffling. For every one I think they nail - Jackman, Baron Cohen, now Seyfried - the next pick just comes out of left field. I love Helena Bonham Carter to bits, but brassy and bawdy aren't what I think of when I picture her.)

but brassy and bawdy aren't what I think of when I picture her

especially considering her turn in Sweeney Todd led to excellent pretty use of the voice she's got, but not much in-character-brassy/bawdy-Mrs.-Lovett-belting. She sounded lovely and clearly had worked hard to get that sound, but it wasn't quite right for the character. Alas.

Wow, that...movie sounds like a hot mess. And I love several (though not all) of those people, but really. I am no big Les Miz fan, but I get the indignation. That's pretty much all you need to know, though. And also there's a saucy little kid who's sort of like a badass French version of Manny from Modern Family, and also Valjean & Javert are super gay for each other. I do recommend the 1935 movie--not a musical, but it's pretty good. And also this.

This sounds like I want to see it.

I know Les Miz tends to have some of my theatre-obsessed friends doing sommersaults of escatsy whenever mentioned and I did buy a DVD of original cast performance and think the music is very nice but not quite got the Les Miz bug.

Think the casting is interesting and one to watch. Hugh Jackman was always a given. Glad they'll be singing 'live' - who'd have thought Tobe Hooper would direct such a film eh?

Tom Hooper, different guy--directed The King's Speech.

You've never read the book? You have to! All 1,200 pages of it. It's the longest book I've ever read and yet I couldn't put it down. It's fantastic. The play only adapts about a quarter of the book. The rest of the novel deals with French history and the history of the Catholic Church and all this other amazing minutiae that you never knew you wanted to learn about.

Oh, and I saw the musical on Broadway when friends of mine were visiting me in NYC, and I expected to hate it but instead I was blown away. So good!

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What scares me the most is that they've hired a script writer. A script writer. For a show that's sung through. Which means they'll change it!

Oh, it's not going to be entirely sung through, no. They reported that earlier.

I can't believe you've never read Les Mis! It's my faaaavorite book.

It's the most bizarre thing, but when I was thinking up a dream cast for an adaptation of the Les Miserables musical, I came up with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Helena Bonhem Carter as Madame Thenardier, and Anne Hathaway as Eponine.

The thought of Sacha Baron Cohen as Mr. Thenardier makes me squee. The whole thing does, really. The thought of Les Mis the musical being a movie makes me ridiculously happy. XD

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Taylor Swift as Eponine? I ...can't handle this. I think I need to go throw things now.

For use in dire situations

If it's any comfort in all the "OMG how have you not read this book!", I hated it. Quite love bits of the musical, though.

Also, silly barely-relevant anecdote: There was an episode of the Nickelodeon show Space Cases that I saw once in 1996ish, and in it one of the main characters was thrown in prison and identified as -- naturally -- Prisoner 24601. Fast-forward to me a good three years later, hearing the musical for the first time (I didn't read the book until some time after that) and realizing that "Oh my God, they were making a reference and why do I even remember that!"

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Love the musical. Still makes me sob uncontrollably, as well as believe that love triumphs. Opened a world to me as I realized the dramatic and literary thematic significance of Eponine's Theme (On My Own) as born out of Fantine's theme (I Dreamed a Dream begins with the notes of On My Own in the musical introduction) and the finale takes again the On My Own melody only develops and elevates it into a lovely trio harmony culminating with "to love another person is to see the face of God." Do You Hear the People Sing being the quintessential post-modern dramatic performance addressing the audience and challenging us "Will you join in our crusade?" and thereby breaking down the fifth (?) wall.

Would never see the Danes film. Would not be magic. Tried to read novel, but it was too long when I was young, and now I don't have time. I admit that Taylor seems wrong for Eponine, but remember Debbie Gibson also performed the role of Eponine on Broadway at a similar age, I believe.

Quite a few people were quoting DYHtPS during the Arab spring, and I kind of kept wanting to remind them that that cycle ends with Turning and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. This is why everyone should know the musical. :D

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Can you imagine? People will be *cheering* when Eponine dies, instead of melting into a pile of bawling goo.

Whenever someone asks me what Les Mis is about, I just say "redemption", because mentioning anything more than that requires way too much explanation. It's worse than trying to explain what happens in Breaking Dawn to a Twilight noob.

Well, yes, because things actually HAPPEN in Les Mis.

For the life of me I can't figure out why they're not pulling more from the current Broadway/West End/etc. casts. I mean, I know why they aren't, I just wish they would :C

Also, Taylor Swift, pleaseno

I'm really, *really* leery of the Russell Crowe casting. I mean, he may have had a band...but so did Gerard Butler at one point, I think, and we all saw what happened to the Phantom. Given that at one point, Javert and Valjean must sing in counterpoint to each other - i just don't think he can stand up to Hugh Jackman's stage-born brand of awesome.

And as I have always loved Javert as a character - yeah, Distinctly less than thrilled.

I KNOW RIGHT?? Javert is my favorite in Les Mis and I'm really WORRIED about this. I mean, if Crowe can pull it off I have no problems with it then -- but I worried about whether or not he CAN. And if that one song Javert duets with Valjean (man, I can't think of the title, but you know the one I'm talking about: "ValJEAN, at LAST, we see each other plain ...") gets messed up because Crowe _can't actually sing_, I will cry because it's like my favorite part of the whole musical.

I have wanted a movie version of this play for years, and I'm a bit concerned they're gonna, y'know, blow it.

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Taylor Swift's music isn't at all my bag, but whatever. My actual problem is that she can't carry a tune in a bucket. I seriously can't believe her handlers have allowed her to sing live on television on multiple occasions.

At this point I'm excited to see Anne Hathaway as Fantine, but that's about it. Adapting Les Mis into a movie is just a poor idea, anyway. And from what I know of the score (and I am a musical theatre nerd)and looking at this cast list I can only weep along with the Musical Theatre Gods.

Anne Hathaway will be my shining beacon of light in this film. I hope. Maybe Amanda Seyfried as well since she apparently has opera training (but Emmy Rossum of Phantom fame also had "opera training", so...).

Wasn't Seyfried in Mamma Mia? I don't remember her if she was to be perfectly honest. Not that that's a sign she can sing well. To quote my sister, "Well, Pierce Brosnon ~sang~ in Mamma Mia, too. So, there's that."

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Yay Amanda Seyfried! She's a terrific actress (I've loved her since Veronica Mars), she can sing, and she's perfect for Cosette. She might actually make me like Cosette a little bit.

Taylor Swift, on the other hand. Why. Just. No.

I'm a pretty massive Les Mis obsesser. This sums up the musical pretty well, IMHO:


TAYLOR SWIFT?!?? As Eponine?? Can Swift act?!? Do we know?? I am totally okay with her being in the movie as long as she can act. I'm just worried she can't, because I've never heard of her doing it before. ARGH.

I still can't get my brain after the idea of Russell Crowe being Javert. I mean I'm sure it will be fine and it is probably even perfect casting; I just _can't get my mind around it_.

However, Aaron Tevit is going to be in it and I love him so that makes up for all KINDS of worries. I am actually getting really excited for this movie ...

"Wait, I think I remember Claire Danes in a huge bonnet."

For some reason, I really, really love this. Maybe because I vaguely remember Claire Danes in a huge bonnet. XD

This cast list is causing me to wail and gnash my teeth. D: My inner theater geek is very, very unhappy.

ok i just checked on youtube, and no, russell crowe cant sing, they will have to really work on him. gravelly which is a great quality for rock, but he's kind of flat.
and i really wanted to defend him.

what I'm saying is, I should have a blessedly uncomplicated movie experience, free of any previous stagings.

I find it genuinely interesting that you want to see the movie without any previous knowledge of the musical--starting with a blank slate.

(Although, I'm chopping at the bit to give you recommendations about how to know the musical better, especially since it's one of those shows that is constantly evolving and hasn't had the same script for the past 25+ years.)

Well, I figure that it'll be a valuable perspective when the movie comes out, if only for being different. You know how people say, "I envy you, I wish I could experience it for the first time again"? That. And I fully expect it probably won't be as good as stage versions, but I can then enjoy those afterwards without them haunting my experience of the movie. There are so many things I do approach as a fan of the original (book, whatever) that it's refreshing not to have adaptation anxiety.


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