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Extended First Look at 'Les Miserables'

How about a 4:37 minute look at the upcoming musical to whet your appetite

Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Photo: Universal Pictures

Universal recently shifted their release plans for their upcoming musical Les Miserables from a face-off against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to a face-off against Django Unchained on Christmas Day in what appears to be a very smart move and with the date in hand they are now continuing their marketing efforts today with an extended first look at the film in the following 4:37 minute video.

Directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), the adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells the story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption--a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

The rest of the cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen and the film will include recognizable songs including "I Dreamed a Dream," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and "On My Own" as well as an all new song titled "Suddenly" written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil and performed by Jackman.

Check out the extended first look trailer directly below.

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  • Travis

    I'm going to go cry tears of joy now

  • Bradley

    Predicting an Oscar for Anne Hathaway in the very, very near future.

    • maja

      I honestly cannot see Anne Hathaway getting an Oscar. Without spoiling anything, the role she is playing is very small and not not substantial enough for a best supporting Oscar.

      • Bren

        That hasn't stopped the Academy from nominating people in the past.

        • marion


  • Jim

    Sir Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar with 15 mins screen time in silence of the lambs and judi dench with 8 mins in Shakespeare in love, not that I think Hathaway will win but it's possible with limited screen time.

    • maja

      I haven't seen Shakespeare in Love but Anthony Hopkins, along with Jodie Foster, was the main actor in Silence of the Lambs with the majority of the movie focused on his character. In Les Mis the character of Fantine sings 2-3 songs and doesn't appear or is even mentioned in over 75% of the movie. Even the Sasha Baron Cohen and Botham Carter characters are more prominent. Furthermore, with such a film where the cast is so large and with big roles for Jackman, Crowe and Seyfried the Academy will not have a shortage of actors to nominate for this movie if, as I expect, this becomes a major Oscar contender.

      • jmp

        maja, if Anne Hathaway is a great as she is being touted ( Russell Crowe and Tom Hooper both praised her performance), she has a good shot of winning. Her wonderful turn as Selina Kyle ( she received stellar reviews across the board) will give her the edge.

        • maja

          I obviously haven't seen the movie and she may very well win but i'm just not buying all this hype for her getting an Oscar before the movie is even released for a 5-10minute cameo in a 2 hour movie. Actors/directors in the same movie are bound to praise her performance - that's part of marketing...they aren't exactly going to come out and say that she was average. Also I don't believe that her turn in Batman (which i personally thought was pretty average) has any effect for her winning an Oscar in a different movie.

          • jmp

            maja, I loved Anne Hathaway so much in TDKR ( I am siding with critics on this one) . I wanted Hathaway to be in more scenes, because I couldn't take my eyes off her . She repeatedly popped off the screen . She brought so much star power and charisma to the film. After seeing Anne in TDKR, I now see Anne in a new light. She is versatile , and she is the real deal in my book. Plus, Hathaway is that rare triple threat talent.

            Anne beat out Kate Winslet and Amy Adams for this coveted role, because she hit it out of the park with her audition. Now you know Hathaway has the goods, when she gave a better audition performance than Winslet & Adams. Supposedly, she had the people in the audition room in tears. Now, TDKR is a huge global box-office hit, that many people saw , including Academy members. This can help Hathaway's chances.

            P.S. Russell Crowe is very outspoken, and he is known for only giving well-deserved praises. Keep in mind, this is a guy who publicly trashed Harvey Weinstein ( even when Harvey was pursuing him for film projects) , the script to Shakespeare In Love, and he had vicious arguments with Director Ridley Scott.

      • PeterJ

        Maja, I think you're forgetting that the character of Fantine has one of the most tragic and hopeless story-lines in an already tragic and hopeless tale. Éponine has the other. And that kind of emotional tugging-at-the-heart-strings doesn't need a lot of screen time to be effective.

        Just like most people are jumping the gun to say Anne Hathaway is a shoo-in, you're jumping the gun to say she's not...

        • maja

          Yeah you're right PeterJ. I am really hoping that she is because i love Les Mis and everything I have seen so far has been amazing. In my mind this is the best picture frontrunner.

    • Eoin Daly

      Anne Hathaway will be on screen for more then the two of them combined.

  • Criterion10

    This actually looks like it could be really good. Sure, it's Oscar bait, but if it's a good movie I'll have no qualms with that. Will need to catch this one.

    • Travis

      I'm always a bit skeptical when using the term "Oscar bait." Those films are directly intended to be Oscar-loved. Like War Horse. Les Mis is really coming to the big screen because it is one of the most, if not the most, profitable musicals of all time and they had all the factors to make the film well. The fact people think it is an Oscary film is the musical format (at least in the sense of when they used to be popular) and it is deeper and darker than most

      • Travis

        But I'm glad you're interested. If it is done well, it could be a great work

  • Matt

    Honestly, this looks fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of musicals by any means, but I really cannot wait for this movie.

  • Dranderz

    As a die-hard fan of the musical and someone with historically muddled feelings about Tom Hooper, I can say that I've rarely been more excited about a film than for this. The approach is groundbreaking for the Musical genre and the product seems nothing less than exquisite.

  • Cordia

    looks good, interesting with the live music on set.

  • Aleonardis we even need to wait for february? 37 and a 1/2 oscars for this movie...4 and a 1/4 of those going to Anne of course!

    But in all seriousness this is easily my most anticipated of the rest of the year.

  • Winchester

    I'd have to agree with Maja in some ways. I do not agree with those praising Hathaway's work in TDKR as it really wasn't that special as far as I was concerned, but I don't see that or her screen time as a necessary hindrance to an Oscar nomination.