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Old June 20 2011, 07:10 AM   #46
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

At heart, when it comes to adaptations, I'm a purist. Movies of 3 + hours have been successful, as long as they're done well. Or, release a trimmed down version of ~3 (several action movies are coming in at 2.5 hours or a little more) to theaters and have the Bluray/DVD have the complete musical. All though I'm a purist, I will say I can do without Gavroche.

BTW, anyone seen the new traveling version, I've heard that it is a bit different from the original (different staging). I don't know if it's shorter, but I'll be seeing it in January.
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Old June 20 2011, 05:05 PM   #47
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I have friends who have seen the new version of "Les Miz" and said if you loved the original, you will love the new one as well. I've seen the original 3x, but the last was 1994, right after my honeymoon. It's my wife's and my favorite musical ever. Just amazing. I long for a theatrical film of the musical! Bravo!
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Old September 16 2011, 09:22 PM   #48
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

Resurrecting this to say that at present the cast stands at:

Jean Valjean - Hugh Jackman
Inspector Javert - Russell Crowe
Madame Thenardier - Helena Bonham Carter

Jackman apparently wants Anne Hathaway for Fantine, and supposedly Hooper wants Geoffrey Rush for Thenardier.
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Old September 16 2011, 09:34 PM   #49
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

Russell Crowe? Can he sing? Also, Australian Valjean and Javert, eh?

Otherwise, sounds fantastic so far. Rush and Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers is brilliant.

I approve of Hathaway as Fantine, of course.
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Old September 16 2011, 10:23 PM   #50
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Crowe has been the lead singer in a couple of rock bands that he maintains as a side project, and got his start in musical theatre (The Rocky Horror Show, I believe). His voice is decent, from the YouTube videos I've listened to, though not especially Broadway; I imagine he'll be training up for the part.
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Old September 17 2011, 12:21 AM   #51
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I'd rather they do an HBO miniseries or something.
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Old September 17 2011, 01:45 AM   #52
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I'd rather they do an HBO miniseries or something.

A miniseries of a musical?
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Old September 17 2011, 01:54 AM   #53
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I'd rather they do an HBO miniseries or something.

A miniseries of a musical?
Miniseries based off the book. Something along the lines of The Tudors. I've never been much of a musical person.
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Old September 17 2011, 02:35 AM   #54
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Piffle. We need to see One Day More in glorious glittering cinema!

Fair nuff about Crowe then; Javert's such an important role he better get it right though.
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Old September 17 2011, 02:38 AM   #55
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Miniseries based off the book. Something along the lines of The Tudors. I've never been much of a musical person.
They've done several adaptations of the book already; the musical, one of the most successful in history, has never been filmed yet.
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Old September 17 2011, 02:55 AM   #56
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

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Resurrecting this to say that at present the cast stands at:

Jean Valjean - Hugh Jackman
Inspector Javert - Russell Crowe
Madame Thenardier - Helena Bonham Carter

Jackman apparently wants Anne Hathaway for Fantine, and supposedly Hooper wants Geoffrey Rush for Thenardier.
My best friend is very upset with the casting. She absolutely adores Russell Crowe (and has seen and owns every movie he has been in) but she hates Hugh Jackman and refuses to watch any movie he is in.
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Old September 17 2011, 03:10 AM   #57
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Miniseries based off the book. Something along the lines of The Tudors. I've never been much of a musical person.
They've done several adaptations of the book already; the musical, one of the most successful in history, has never been filmed yet.
Again, I don't like musicals....
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Old September 17 2011, 03:04 PM   #58
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

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I'd rather they do an HBO miniseries or something.

A miniseries of a musical?
Have you seen Les Misérables? It's long enough to qualify!
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Old September 17 2011, 05:02 PM   #59
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I'd rather they do an HBO miniseries or something.

A miniseries of a musical?
Have you seen Les Misérables? It's long enough to qualify!

Oh, I know all about Les Miz. It's my girlfriend's favorite musical and I remember catching it on Broadway ages ago.

I suppose it could work as a two-night, four-hour, special event.
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Old January 6 2012, 09:38 PM   #60
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Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"

Well here's the latest, Taylor Swift as Éponine.
Link to EW.
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