It was announced today that Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in a screen adaptation of Les Miserables. And how could he not be? I mean, have you seen the man sing and dance? He would make a redonkulous Jean Valjean! Not that Jean Valjean wasn’t already 120% redonkulous. However, it’s uncertain whether Jackman will be playing the aforementioned Valjean or the policeman who pursues him.
The singing-and-dancing strongman has always had an affinity for musical theater, and theater doesn’t get a whole lot more musical than it does in Les Mis, which is based on the Victor Hugo book that follows the lives of Frenchmen from 1815-1832.
Hopefully the duo of Jackman and director Tom Hooper will be able to create more of a splash with their adaptation than Uma Thurman and Liam Neeson were able to do in their 1998 version, which garnered only $14 million at the box office.
It’s a safe bet, especially considering Jackman has made his singing and dancing known to every American via the Oscars, The Tonys, and The Man from Oz.
All pieces seem to be in place. The only question that remains is: Are Americans ready for a film about French people? (Variety)