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Les Misérables is the 2012 adaption of the stage musical by Victor Hugo's classical novel.
Development of the film began in the late 1980s and remained stuck in "development hell" until very recently. After the musical's 25th anniversary concert in 2010, producer Cameron Mackintosh finally announced that the film resumed development. Director Tom Hooper and screenwriter William Nicholson were approached to work on the project in March 2011 and the main characters were cast throughout that same year. Principal photography of the film commenced in March 2012, and took place in various locations in Winchester, London and Portsmouth in England, as well as Paris in France.
The movie was released in the US on December 25, 2012. The DVD was released on May 13th in the UK and March 22nd in the US.
It was nominated for four Golden Globes, it won three- Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, and Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical.
Prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in early 19th-century France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Uprising of 1832.
- Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a Frenchman released from Toulon prison after 19 years of imprisonment for stealing bread and four failed attempts for escaping from the prison. He breaks parole to begin a new life and redeem himself.
- Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, a police inspector who releases Valjean on parole, then later dedicates his life to hunting him down to imprison him again after he breaks parole.
- Anne Hathaway as Fantine, a struggling factory worker and mother of her illegitimate child, Cosette. She is eventually forced to turn to prostitution to pay for her child.
- Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of Fantine who has grown into a beautiful teenager under Valjean's care and falls in love with Marius.
- Isabelle Allen as young Cosette.
- Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier, a common thief who is also an innkeeper. He is also the father of Éponine and along with his wife looks after Cosette as a child.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier, the unscrupulous innkeeper's wife who, along with her husband, houses and abuses Cosette until Valjean "buys" her from them after Fantine's death. She is also the mother of Éponine. Hooper collaborated with Bonham Carter in The King's Speech, in which she portrayed Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Bonham Carter and Cohen previously co-starred in the film adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
- Samantha Barks as Éponine, the destitute daughter of the Thénardiers who is friends with and secretly pines for Marius. Barks previously played the role at the 25th Anniversary concert and in the West End production from 2010–2011. Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood and Lea Michele were reportedly considered for the role.
- Natalya Angel Wallace as young Éponine.
- Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy, a student revolutionary who is friends with the Thenardiers' daughter, Éponine, but falls in love with Cosette. To prepare for the role, Redmayne took singing lessons.
- Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, the passionate leader of a student revolt and a friend of Marius.
- Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche, a streetwise urchin who helps the revolutionaries.
- Colm Wilkinson as the Bishop of Digne, a man who gives Valjean shelter in his church and becomes Valjean's inspiration to become a good man. Wilkinson was the original Jean Valjean in the West End and Broadway musical productions.
- Frances Ruffelle as a prostitute. Ruffelle portrayed the original Éponine in the West End and Broadway musical productions.
- George Blagden as Grantaire, a student revolutionary who idolises Enjolras. He is constantly drunk, often delivering his own somewhat depressing philosophy to the other students.
- Killian Donnelly as Combeferre, the philosopher of the ABC society.
- Fra Fee as Courfeyrac, the friendly and open student who introduces Marius to the ABC society.
- Alistair Brammer as Jean Prouvaire, the youngest student member of the ABC society. Brammer previously played the role at the 25th Anniversary concert.
- Hugh Skinner as Joly, a student of medicine.
- Gabriel Vick as Feuilly, the only member of the Friends of the ABC who is not a student.
- Stuart Neal as Lesgle, the eldest among the ABC society and is known to have the worst luck.
- Iwan Lewis as Bahorel, a good-humoured member of the Friends of the ABC and the first member of his group to pass away.
- Bertie Carvel as Bamatabois, a young gentleman who tries to buy Fantine's services and is responsible for her arrest.
- Adam Pearce as Brujon, the brutish and cowardly but dissatisfied member of Thénardier's gang.
- Marc Pickering as Montparnasse, a young member of Thénardier's Gang, who appears to be close to Éponine.
- Michael Jibson as Foreman, the foreman of the factory in which Fantine works and is fired from.
- Hadley Fraser as the Army General of the National Guard.
- Actors playing smaller roles: Filippo Delaunay, Gareth Snook, Samuel J Weir, Ashley Artus, Lynne Wilmot, Kelly-Anne Gower, Julia Worsley, Jonny Purchase, John Barr, Nikica Markot, Emmy Misheva, Ryan Laskey, Stevee Davies, Jos Slovick, Mary Cormack, Linzi Hateley, Sara Pelosi, Alice Fearn, Alison Tennant, Josef Altin, Caroline Sheen, Gemma Wardle, Katy Secombe, Gina Beck, Adebaya Bolaji, Alexia Khadime, Hannah Waddingham, Daniel Evans, Katie Hall, Adam Searles, Jamie Muscato, Nancy Sullivan, Tabitha Webb, Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Foster, Adrian Scarborough, Kerry Ellis, Alison Jiear, Mark Donovan, Robyn North, Matt Harrop, Sean Ward, Jackie Marks, Alea Young, Bradley Barnes, Sophie Hutchinson, Matthew Corner, Lily Laight, Olivia Rose Aaron, Kerry Ingram, Phil Vaughan, Iain Wallace, Mike Johnson, Jason Rowley, John Brymer, Victoria Melanie Ryan, and Andy Coxon.
- Cameo appearances: Cameron Mackintosh, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Michael Le Poer Trench and Marie Zamora.
Principal photography of the film began on March 8th, 2012 in France and England. Filming locations include:
- Winchester College
- Winchester Cathedral
- Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth HMNB Portsmouth
- Chatham Historic Dockyard
- Pinewood Studios
- Greenwich. In April 2012 a replica of the Elephant of the Bastille was constructed in the English town. In the novel, Gavroche lives in the decaying monument.