Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in Tom Hooper’s cinematic adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, the actor’s rep says, confirming a Variety report. Jackman’s schedule opened up after director Darren Aronofsky stepped away from The Wolverine, and making Les Mis would finally bridge his two worlds. Though he’s won a Tony (for The Boy From Oz) and hosted the award ceremony multiple times, his movies, like the X-Men franchise and Van Helsing, have tended to be grittier action fare. If you don’t count the animated Happy Feet, Les Miserables would be his first movie musical.
What still isn’t certain, however, is the role Jackman is in talks to play. His spokesperson would only say, “I think Valjean,” leaving open the possibility that Javert is also in the mix (though Paul Bettany is rumored to be a candidate for the musical’s stubborn antagonist). Though Jackman’s natural singing voice might be better suited for the heroic Valjean, you only have to rewatch Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, in which Jackman plays an obsessed magician haunted by a rival, to see that Jackman has the brooding sneer that would be perfect for the cold-hearted inspector.
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