In June news came out that Hugh Jackman was in the running to play Jean Valjean in the big screen adaptation of the hit musical Les Miserables. Deadline is now reporting that Russell Crowe will pursue prisoner 24601 as Jarvert.
While Crowe certainly has the intimidating features to play the strong character of Jarvert, his musical experience is limited to his rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. This doesn't guarantee that he can hit the level of emotion expected of the character with songs like Stars. I am hoping that he's able to pull it off.
There is no word yet on who may be filling in the other roles. Anne Hathaway has been rumored as a possibility to join the cast. We can only hope that they'll stay away from Nick Jonas, who was in the 25th anniversary performance of Les Miserables at the O2 Arena. He was...what's the word....not good.
Universal Studios will be looking to get the Tom Hooper directed Les Miserables in theatres December 2012.
What say you?
POPped at the barricade