I have to say that I am feeling a bit pessimistic about the new Les Mis film which is being scheduled to be released some time probably next year although they are hoping for December 2012 to be a release date. Tom Hooper is set to direct the film.
Before the cast were announced there were all sorts of rumours about the casting…Taylor Swift was to be a possible Eponine and Emma Watson was rumoured to be joining the cast as Cosette….I mean is Emma Watson even a soprano? I’m very glad to say that these rumours weren’t true although it doesn’t stop me from worrying about the current casting….
Here is the cast list for the new film as it stands at the moment on IMDb…..
|Helena Bonham Carter||…|
|Sacha Baron Cohen||…|
Ok and breathe….. It could be worse. Amanda Seyfried should be good if she can pull off the soprano roll of Cosette. Aaron Tevit (Enjolras) and Samantha Barks (Eponine) have been cast straight from the west end. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bohnam Carter proved that they could sing pretty well in Sweeney Todd (well they’re good enough for the Thenardiers at least) My main worries are Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne. Are they even vocally trained. I love Russel Crowe as an actor even though in real life he isn’t the most likeable of people, he comes across as arrogant and rude….I avoid people like that in life (or at least try to) Again I’m questioning…can Hugh Jackman sing ?? the same with Eddie Redmayne and he doesn’t exactly look how I’d picture Marius. To me Michael Ball and Gareth Gates will always be Marius Pontmercy. (I’m still sulking at the fact that Gareth Gates didn’t get cast as Marius in the 25th Anniversary concert at the 02 but hopefully Cameron Mackintosh learnt his lesson after Nick Jonas pretty much got slated by critics and the public) :
“There is honestly no point discussing the merits of this alcohol-influenced casting decision; we are stuck with it, and we must be content with watching Nick Jonas get his pants kicked on stage. You almost feel bad for this poor kid, a multimillionaire rock star and pop icon extraordinaire in his own right, looking genuinely unnerved to be in the company of actual singers. “
Ok now if you compare those with the reviews Gareth Gates recieved you will see my point : “Gareth Gates is a pleasant surprise as Marius and his performance is almost faultless, he manages to capture the audience’s attention with sophistication and enchanted charm.”
Ok I went off an a bit of a tangent there I just wanted to prove my point !
Filming of the script by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg will be done at Pinewood, with some scenes shot on location in the UK. There’s also talk of some filming being done in France.
Colm Wilkinson, who was the first Jean Valjean, and Frances Ruffelle, who created the part of Eponine, have been given feature roles in the film. Wilkinson will play the Bishop of Digne. ‘He shows Valjean the road ahead, after Valjean has robbed him of silver candlesticks,’ says Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the musical on stage and who is also involved with Working Title and Universal in making the picture, which Oscar-winner Tom Hooper will direct.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2092428/Les-Miserables-movie-Stars-original-stage-version-encore-join-film-cast.html#ixzz1nJTe8Ept
I guess I’ll just have to wait and see…..It might be great but being a bit of a ‘die hard’ Les Mis fan I’m still not sure how its going to “pan out” !!