Russell Crowe is set to star along side Hugh Jackman in the feature film adaptation of the classic story Les Miserables. The Kings Speech director Tom Hooper is attached to direct the movie, and you really couldn't ask for better talent to bring this story to life.
The story follows Jean Valjean (Jackman), who is on the run during the French Revolution from his nemesis, Inspector Javert played by Crowe. The script for the film was written by William Nicholson, and yes, this will be the musical version, and the musicals original producer, Cameron Mackintosh is producing the film as well. It was also revealed that the original score by composer Claude-Michel Schoenberg's will be used as well.
This was one of my favorite musical plays growing up, I grew up listening to the stuff because my dad is a professional singer and theater actor. The music in this musical is amazing, ands it will be interesting to see if Jackman and Crowe can actually pull off the musical numbers. It would be a real shame if they couldn't, because these are beautiful songs. For those of you who don't know Crowe is the lead singer of his own band, and that helped him in ultimately landing the gig. Well that, and he is a damn good actor.
According to Variety the plan is tostart shooting the movie sometime in the first quarter of 2012 so that Jackman can do it before filming The Wolverine. The movie is set to be released on December 7th 2012.
What are your thought's on Crowe taking on the other lead role in this movie?