Of Course Hugh Jackman Is Going To Be in ‘Les Miserables’

Wednesday, June 15 by

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)

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  1. June 15, 2011 4:15 pm


    Sorry, “Les Miserables” is more opera than musical — no dancing and sung-through from beginning to end. The role of Jean Valjean needs an incredible actor/singer, in power and range (Les Mis has two of the most difficult solos ever). Jackman would be a great Javert, but I nominate Alfie Boe for Valjean. Look him up if you’re unfamiliar.

    And the 1998 Les Mis movie tanked because they absolutely gutted the book.

  2. June 15, 2011 4:15 pm


    As an absolute ignorant to stage musicals – who the hell is Alfie Boe? I am sure 90% of people will react the same way. Jackman was able to sing through The Boy from Oz for a year, 8 shows a week so I am sure he would handle this. He is a great actor and singer.

  3. June 15, 2011 4:15 pm


    Alfie Boe is a British tenor, very well known in the UK. Has done opera for 10  yrs. won a cast Tony for La Boheme on Broadway. Last year Cameron Mackintosh picked Boe as Jean Valjean for the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables at the O2 arena, London. Two shows, 35,000 people total (not a typo). Practically no one had ever seen him in the role, had only had 11 performances. But his voice was so astonishing, his portrayal of Valjean so amazing, that after “Bring Him Home” (the signature “Valjean” solo) the audience gave him a 4 min standing ovation (edited to 1min on the dvd).

    There’s a dvd/bluray of the concert out. but the complete concert is on youtube in segments. (Look for the 25th Les Mis, not the 1995 10th.) Boe was so incredible as Valjean that Mackintosh signed him to a 5 mo run of Les Mis on London’s West End starting at the end of June.

    But to see Boe’s real ability (and charm) check out youtube, “Alfie Boe Warbles a Bit,”  and “Alfie Boe & Matt Lucas He Aint’ Heavy He’s My Brother.” He’s singing in Matt’s kitchen, no fancy mikes, just karaoke tracks. No one should sound that good singing with their hands in their pockets, or be having that much fun.

  4. June 15, 2011 4:15 pm


    I know Hugh also got five minutes long standing ovations after he sang Once before I go. I think, as you describe Boe, he is the same, but he is more famous. I am sorry but a movie musical is risky as it is and so I think they will want Hugh. He is the only “hollywood” actor who is able to sing this. I am sure he will do fine.
    I don´t know Boe because I am a native English speaker, I am not from English speaking country so I never saw anything else but The Boy from Oz and Wicked (I was in NY at the time they played it) and I was many times in London but never at the musical.

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