Jersey Girl Anne Hathaway may sing Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed a Dream,” opposite Hugh Jackman in director Tom Hooper’s forthcoming movie adaptation of the show. She is reported to be considering playing Fantine opposite Jackman as Jean Valjean. The other leads may (or may not) include Russell Crowe as Javert and Hooper’s The King’s Speech stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers.
Anne Hathaway’s background in stage musicals makes her a great choice: Before her Oscar-nominated role in Rachel Getting Married and star turns in One Day, Love and Other Drugs, Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart and more, the Millburn, New Jersey, actress played the lead in the City Center Encores! production of Carnival, winning the Clarence Derwent Award, and Paper Mill Playhouse productions of Jane Eyre, Gigi and Once Upon a Mattress. She showed off her dramatic chops as Viola in the 2009 Central Park production of Twelfth Night.
Les Miserables features a score by Claude-Michel Schonberg, book by Schonberg and Alain Boubil and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The film will have a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson and is being produced by Working Title films, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Cameron Mackintosh.
The 25th Anniversary revised edition of “Les Miz” had its U.S. premiere last January at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Read our review….http://joltleft.com/theater-in-new-york/les-mis-rables-is-a-spectacular-theater-experience-at-the-paper-mill-playhouse-review).