Teaser trailer for new 'Les Misérables' movie released

Posted May 30, 2012 by Jeff Cottrill
Megamusical lovers, get ye to YouTube. Or to your local movie theatres. Universal Studios has just put out the first trailer for the long-awaited film version of "Les Misérables", which is due for release on December 14.
Les Miserables at London s Palace Theatre
Les Miserables at London's Palace Theatre
Rick Payette
According to ScreenCrush, the trailer will be screening before Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens in theatres tomorrow.
The movie, based on the long-running stage smash (itself an adaptation of the classic 1862 Victor Hugo novel), boasts an all-star cast: Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, the former prisoner who selflessly devotes his life to adopted daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried); Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Valjean's nemesis; and Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Cosette's doomed mother.
Other big names involved in the film include Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (as the Thénardiers, Cosette's cruel guardians) and Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Valjean in the London and Broadway stage productions.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper, best known for the 2010 hit The King's Speech, directed the movie, which deals with poverty, law and rebellion in France in the early nineteenth century.
Set to Hathaway's anguished performance of one of the musical's signature songs, “I Dreamed a Dream”, the trailer shows a montage of various scenes, ranging from swooping crane shots to simpler, handheld camerawork; the scenes include Fantine's imprisonment (during which Hathaway's hair is cut short), Valjean's meeting of young Cosette, and images of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris.
“Hooper’s take on Les Miz comes off as a hybrid of prestigious period fare and musical melodrama,” Sandy Schaefer opined about the trailer in ScreenRant today. But she added that while the movie “has the appearance of an authentic period piece”, it's “probably not something that will win over moviegoers who generally do not care for either sub-genre.”
The movie has been in development since the late 1980s. Alan Parker and Bruce Beresford were previously attached to direct it.
The original French production of Les Miz debuted in 1980, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and book by both. Herbert Kretzmer wrote the English lyrics for the West End production, which opened in 1985 to poor reviews.
Despite the initial critical reception, the show has become London's second-longest-running show (after The Mousetrap) and Broadway's third-longest.