Les Misérables - Helena Bonham Carter
Les Misérables - Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) is a born opportunist ©2012 Universal Pictures

Here is the first trailer that was released for Les Misérables. It is just coming out in the UK and today received 9 nominations from BAFTA.

Les Misérables – Trailer 1

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Les Misérables – Official Information

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe that is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 28th year.

Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®- winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title Films/Cameron MacIntosh production stars Hugh Jackman (The Prestige, upcoming The Wolverine), Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Dear John),

Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, The Other Boleyn Girl), Aaron Tveit (television’s Gossip Girl, Premium Rush) and newcomer Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter series, Sweeney Todd) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Hugo, Borat).

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole.

When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

With its story’s bands of the disenfranchised joining together to challenge corruption and demand change, Victor Hugo’s 150-year-old tale that inspired the world’s longest-running musical has never been timelier. Now, Les Misérables brings its power to the big screen in Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of this classic epic.

With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—the show of shows is reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

Adapted from Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s original stage musical, produced for the stage by Cameron Mackintosh, the screenplay for Les Misérables is by two-time Oscar®-nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands), Boublil and Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer (Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary). The music is by Schönberg, and the lyrics are by Kretzmer.

Working Title Films’ Tim Bevin, Eric Fellner (Atonement, Notting Hill, Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon) produce the film alongside Debra Hayward (exective producer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina) and Cameron Mackintosh (the stage’s Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats).

Les Misérables – Theatrical release dates

US and Canada December 25, 2012
Australia December 26, 2012
UK January 11, 2013

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online