Star-studded “Les Miserables” movie adaptation releases official trailer

Universal has finally released the official full-length trailer to the highly anticipated “Les Miserables” and it is sure to give you goosebumbs. Directed by Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech), the big screen adaptation of the hugely successful musical, based on Victor Hugo’s novel from 1862, is filled with a star-studded cast and the new trailer promises a film nothing short of epic.

Set in 19th century France, the short trailer is comprised of film clips arranged to Anne Hathaway’s rendition of the musical’s most prominent song “I Dreamed a Dream.” Playing the malnourished and miserable Fantine, a prostitute dying of tuberculosis who is desperately trying to provide for her daughter, Anne Hathaway is the clear star of the trailer. The strength and haunting quality to her voice gives the song a pure untouched quality that is sure to surprise and please even the most avid fan. Her rendition is hypnotic and heartbreaking; the vocals apparently recorded live while filming which gives the song the raw quality that makes it so remarkable.

However, while Hathaway is clearly the star of the trailer, don’t be fooled into thinking she is the female star of the film. If anyone knows anything about this old story, Fantine won’t be in it for long. Her daughter Cosette, played by the vibrant Amanda Seyfriend, and the tragic Eponine, played by Samantha Barks, share the female lead spotlight instead. Also starring in the film is musical veteran Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a reformed thief whose life is made hell by lawman Javert, played by Russell Crowe. It’s a shame we don’t get to hear them sing in the trailer but Universal is bound to release more trailers between now and the film’s Dec 14, 2012 release date, so it is highly likely that we’ll get to hear them sing soon enough.

With the stunning visuals, the trailer reflects a dismal and gritty 19th century France. You see gorgeous shots of the French rebels in battle, bleak scenes of Jean Valjean laboring in turbulent waters, and the suffering Fantine being sheered like a sheep. The tones, costuming, makeup, and gaunt look to the actors make the trailer into a heavy promise of what’s to come.

With other stars like Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eddie Redmayne on board as well, it’s safe to assume that “Les Miserables” is going to be a box-office hit. It’s rare that Hollywood is able to completely pull off a musical adaptation without perverting the material and it seems that Tom Hooper rose beautifully to the occasion. “Les Miserables” just may be that rare and special musical adaption that pleases fans of the musical genre while still appealing to the general audience.

Check out the haunting trailer below and make sure to leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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Mila Pantovich runs her own blog, Reel Obsession, where all of her articles can be found.

Comments

  1. I’m impressed with Anne Hathaway’s voice, I think she will make a pretty good Fantine.

    The trailer is great, however, I fear that the movie will be too long and then fear it will not be long enough. The full story is so epic and long, that some details cound not help but being ommited in passed cinematic attempts and in the play, as wonderful as it is. But even the play is lengthy, and Holly wood does not have a good record of translating stage shows onto film.

    That said, I’m very much looking forward to seeing this big screen version and hope that it live up to the hype that I plan to participate in in the next 7 or so months.

  2. Hi GT! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I was certainly impressed by Hathaway’s voice too; it gave me chills! As far as the adaptation goes, we can only hope that it will be that rare fantastic one. As long as it doesn’t crush me with disappointment, I’ll be happy. Trying not to let my expectations soar but this trailer isn’t helping. :)

  3. RobertH says:

    Les Misrables is our favourite stage show, having seen it 4 times. We never tire of the soundtrack and have been looking forward to this interpretation. As long as the music and storyline remain true to the stage musical, it should be fantastic. The ability to present Paris in all its beauty and savagery through the cinema should only enhance its impact.
    Can’t wait!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I belive Les Mis is the greatest opera of all time. I have seen it on Broadway 5 times and would 5 more. If this movie is half as good I think it well be great. I can’t wait.

  5. Oh my goodness….that trailer DID give me goosebumps! I am in love with Les Mis….I have seen the broadway play a few times, then purchased Cameron Mackintosh’s 10th Anniversary Gala Concert performed live in the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is incredible! If you haven’t see this, it’s a must! I absolutely love this musical and from the looks of the trailer, I think the film is going to be spectacular!!! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Jordanna says:

    I can’t wait for this movie! I think it will be the award season front runner! Anne Hathaway blew m away, and Samantha barks is the perfect Eponine! Her portrayal in the 25th Anniversary concert is nothing but stellar!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Les Miserables, as a movie, will be awesome. I have seen the play many times and never tire of it.

    The music and songs are super. The cast to play in the movie is wonderful. It is going to be a long wait but well worth it. Love it

  8. Diane Blundy says:

    Absolute magic loving the trailer ,seen show 4 times in Plymouth once in London and have dvd’s never disappointed , When will cinemas be taking bookings for viewing ,Please hopeing none of the music has been dropped or changed ,many thanks xxxx

  9. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU! This is first article to mention the truth that Hathaway is not the star. I was disappointed in the trailer, it’s Jean Valjean’s story, there should have been a lot more of Jackman. Not to mention Sam Barks! I’ve loved her since the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miz , where she was Eponine and did it so beautifully it chilled me to the bone and brought tears to my eyes.

  10. Mila Pantovich says:

    Thanks so much for the comments everyone! It’s so nice to see so many people excited for this film. I can’t wait for the day when musicals are something the majority adores. In response to the last Anonymous commenter, I’m glad that I mentioned Hathaway not being the star. While the trailer is misleading, I think using her and that song the way they did was the perfect marketing choice. It’s certainly going to bring more people in simply because of how stunning she sounds. I’m hoping that with each new trailer, we will see more of the cast, especially Valjean because like you said, it’s his story more than anyone else’s.

    Also, in case anyone is interested, Les Miserables will be coming to San Diego Civic Center in the end of August for only three nights. You can check the site out (www.san-diego-theater.com) if you want to see it live!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Addicted to replay button!

  12. jessica says:

    This is gonna be awesome! My three yr old has the entire broadway version memorized and he absolutly adores the musical just like I did and still do. I got caught up in Les Mis when I was only 5 yrs old and I have never grown away from it. Wonderful story and very real.

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