Anne Hathaway carries the first trailer for Director Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” the big screen adaptation of the award winning musical based on Victor Hugo’s epic tale. And she does it singing!
In fact the trailer contains no dialogue; just Hathaway singing the poignant song “I Dreamed a Dream.” She’s no Susan Boyle, who made the song her trademark, but does a more than credible job.
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Hathaway, 29, plays the doomed Fantine, a working-class woman who has an illegitimate daughter, Cosette, played as a young grownup by Amanda Seyfried.
he film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Although Hugo’s novel is often reported to be set against the French Revolution in 1789 (People magazine, d’oh), the story actually takes place in the 19th century and is set against the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris.
Hugo’s novel examines French society, it’s moral philosophy, the roles of justice and religion and the romanticism that was sweeping the world at that time.
Valjean, the book’s central character, is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving family and spends 19 years in prison. The film opens with his release, destitute and seemingly forever marked as a criminal.
He redeems himself and becomes a wealthy and respected factory owner and town mayor. But ruthless policeman Javert, played by Russell Crowe, discovers his true identity and relentlessly pursues him.
As Hathaway sings in the trailer, the video shows several scenes from the movie that tell various parts of the story. The novel has been filmed for the big screen no less than 12 times, starting in 1909. It will be interesting to see Hooper’s interpretation.
The film will hit theaters in December. Check out the trailer below, new photos above and click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest movie updates.