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EDIT March 2012: In addition to Colm Wilkinson as the Bishop, Frances Ruffelle as a lovely lady, Killian Donnelly as Combeferre, Fra Free as Courfeyrac and Alistair Brammer as Prouvaire, more minor roles have been casted:

:bulletblue: A former West End Gavroche, Daniel Huttlestone, will reprise the role in the movie. He has also starred the musical Oliver! before.
:bulletwhite: George Blagden will play Grantaire. He has acted in Wrath of the Titans and The Philosophers and also has experience of singing in choirs and acting onstage.
:bulletred: West End actor Bertie Carvel, who originated the role of Miss Trunchbull in the musical Matilda, will play Bamatabois.
:bulletblue: According to Daily Mail, the following Les Mis stage alumni will appear in the movie: Caroline Sheen, Hadley Fraser, Mike Jibson, Linzi Hateley, Gemma Wardle, Katy Secombe, Gina Beck, Alexia Khadime, Katie Hall.

The movie's shooting begun last week.
The premiere date for USA and Canada is currently set for December 14th 2012, while the worldwide premieres span from December 21th (Sweden) to February 20th, 2013 (Belgium, France).



EDIT Jan 27: According to Daily Mail, Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle, the original London cast Jean Valjean and Éponine, have got roles in the movie.
Wilkinson will play the Bishop of Digne. According to the article, he comments that "as he takes on the role of the bishop, his journey with Les Misérables has ended ‘and I have come full circle’."
Ruffelle, then, will play the part of "the most fabulous whore" in Lovely Ladies, as the article puts it. Previously Nancy Sullivan, Éponine from the London cast a couple of years back, was reported to be cast to appear in Lovely Ladies. Wonder if we'll see more ex-Éponines in that scene! "The stage show had 28 actors playing a variety of roles, but the film, Cameron [Mackintosh] told me, will have scores of parts for West End performers", the article says.

Just Jared reports that Taylor Swift, a rumored Éponine candidate for the film, has been visiting Cameron Mackintosh's office. The Daily Mail article, however, doesn't put Swift on their list of actors who have agreed to do the film but says that "other key roles are still in negotiation" - it seems casting Swift isn't going all that smoothly.

Kent News has it that the movie is looking for extras. If you live nearby Chatham, UK, and are in between of 16 and 90 years of age, go ahead and give it a chance!
"We need men and women aged between 16 and 90 years who will be made up to pretend to be people from 19th-century France. The types of role include villagers, passers-by, nuns, students, military officers, and convicts. It is quite easy to get in to, but you must be able to take direction well of course, plus be able to easily reach Chatham. Filming itself starts in March depending on what role the successful candidates are handed.
The open casting happens on Saturday, February 4, at the Rochester Building, University of Kent, Chatham Maritime, between 10am-4pm. The company said it is happy for people to bring along friends and family too."



Jan 13: BBC Radio 4 interviewed Tom Hooper about the upcoming Les Mis movie in their programme Front Row.
I transcribed most of the interview (not always word-to-word, I shortened and rearranged it a bit so it’d be a nicer read):

"I think you have to fight very hard not to get into that mindspace of seeing the successes in a negative way – you have to recognise that what happened on that film [The King’s Speech] was an once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. -- If that kind of success happens again in my life, fantastic, but one has to move forward not presuming that.
What’s interesting about doing Les Misérables next is that, in a sense, that musical is already a part of the global conversation – it’s an existing, iconic work. I think by choosing it I’ve avoided some of the pressure of directing something that has to go from nowhere to that status. There’s already tremendous curiosity about the film and tremendous love for the musical out there. So I think I’ve relieved myself of some of that pressure."

“Les Misérables, as a phenomenon, is The King’s Speech times a hundred, and people desire to re-experience the emotions the music provokes is profound. One of the challenges of directing Les Mis is to make sure that, if someone who has never experienced it before watches it, that I make it connect them with those emotions in the first viewing – it’s not dependent on revisiting the musical.”

“I’m working with Claude-Michel Schönberg, the original composer, who’s writing a new song and some new music for the film.
I’m working with it in a through-sung form. So, I’m not doing the conventional movie musical thing where there’s dialogue and then a musical number. What I’m going to do is that we’ll drop into spoken dialogue for two or three lines here and there. If you take the sung dialogue of Les Misérables, it’s very interesting how you can either fully sing or speak it, it has a real flexibility.
We’re going to shoot the film live, which is unusual for a musical movie. So, from take to take, I can say, ‘let’s try that again but speak that line, or maybe half-way through that line, go back to the melody. What’s fascinating when you’re working this way is that, if you mainly sing something and then you speak a line, it has emphasis. If you’re speaking it, and then you sing a line, it has emphasis. -- It’s so fluid, you don’t have those terrible moments when you go ‘oh my god, now a song’s beginning’."

"I can’t tell you what a difference live singing makes.
The problem with the pre-recorded tracks is that the actors have to spend a lot of their brain power in keeping up with what they did while recording. And, if you have been working hard with a part, you get to this point where you’re singing along something you did two months ago and you hate it! ‘Well, that’s what I did two months ago, but now my understanding of the part has grown.’ And you’re stuck to singing along to something that may be making you cringe -- it distracts the actors' performance. When you’re singing live, all the decisions you can make as an actor are there to be made. You haven’t robbed yourself of your decision-making ability.
But I also think it’s very important dramatically. In a movie, you need to feel, whether a character is singing or speaking, that they’re making it up as they go along. -- When you’re filming live, the illusion that people are thinking through song is far more powerful.”

My comment: All of this sounds good to me, it seems like Hooper might have a pretty good grasp of what Les Mis is all about! Too bad that isn't so clearly visible when it comes to some parts of the rumored casting...
Also! I'm hoping the new song will be played during the credits, as has often happened in recent musical films (the new tunes are usually composed just so the films can compete in the Best Original Song Oscar category). I've no idea to which character they could give a new song in the show itself, and adding anything would be silly since they have to make cuts already... But if it's a new tune for the credits, I can't wait to hear it!




EDIT 12/9/2011: Sorry for the ongoing journal spam, but there suddenly are a lot of rumors!
:bulletblue: According to Broadway.com citing The Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye, Aaron Tveit will play Enjolras in the movie. Tveit has experience of both movie and theatre: he's, for example, starred the 2010 movie Howl, and his theatrical credits include originating the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can.
:bulletwhite: According to many sites, for example Cinemablend.com, Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as the movie Thénardier. Cinemablend quotes a tweet from Matt Lucas, who played Thénardier in the London production this fall: "Sacha will be amazing in the Les Mis movie. He's the funniest man in the world and a good friend. Am excited to see his Thenardier." Baron Cohen is known for his comedic roles, and he has some experience with musicals before, playing the comic relief character of Signor Pirelli in the 2007 Sweeney Todd movie.
Please note that both of these things are only rumors. No official announcement about either has been made.
:bulletred: What is official, though, is the movie's lenght - Cinemablend.com: "Another major factor is the film's length, which he [Tom Hooper] said will be about two and a half hours." The lenght of the Complete Symphonic Cast recording, complete with some scenes that have been cut from the London production already, is around 2 hours and 47 minutes - so chances are not many drastic cuts will have to be made.



EDIT 12/5/11: According to BBC News, Tom Hooper has said no for filming Les Mis in 3D: "I can definitely announce it's good old-fashioned 2D. I did test 3D and I was very tempted - I think it is a very interesting new form. -- I slightly worry with 3D that some people will physically struggle with it. -- I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong, 3D is not essential."
BBC News adds that Hooper said the casting for Cosette and Éponine will be announced soon, and commented the casting of the movie: "I've never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this!"



EDIT 12/2/11:
:bulletblue: According to New York Post, Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood are all running for the role of Éponine. Out of these four, Michele has the most experience with the show: she played little Cosette on Broadway during 1995–1996 and then Éponine at the Hollywood Bowl concert in 2008. However, it's uncertain if the movie Éponine will be one of these ladies. Nothing has been confirmed yet, these are barely rumors. Rumors about both Jamie Campbell Bower or Jonathan Groff auditioning for Enjolras have also been circulating, but no official announcement about that yet, either.
:bulletwhite: According to an article in Celebrity MSN, the movie's premiere will, most likely, be postponed to 2013. Cameron Mackintosh: "It starts filming in March in England. I don't know how long it takes... We're certainly shooting through to the summer. I don't know how long it'll take us to do post production. I don't know if we'll make it by Christmas of next year, but certainly by some point in 2013. I know it'll be in that 2012/2013 set-up."
:bulletred: Playbill.com has a casting call for the movie Cosette: "COSETTE 18-22 (the younger the better). Fantine’s daughter (first seen as and played by a child) delicate, elegant, vulnerable and beautiful. Falls in love with and later marries Marius. Soprano (to high C)- a light, young “floating” sound, without heavy vibrato. STRONG SOPRANO VOICE VERY IMPORTANT." Auditions will be held on December 10 in New York.



EDIT 10/18/2011: According to BroadwayWorld, Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed Anne Hathaway as Fantine in a BBC Radio interview: "I'd been hoping we could make a film on Les Misérables ever since it opened on Broadway... I've got a marvelous cast so far with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine -- we're busy casting the rest of the parts."



EDIT 9/23/2011: According to Daily Mail, Emma Watson won't be playing Cosette, or any other role for that matter, in the Les Misérables film. The site also claims that Anne Hathaway is confirmed as Fantine and that Helena Bonham Carter is still just a possibility. There's no word about Geoffrey Rush.
What's more, the article has good news for those fed up with the clearly too old Les Amis sadly often seen in different productions: "Hooper’s also looking for 17 and 18-year-olds to play the student revolutionaries — not actors in their 20s." (It's a bit odd to be talking about Les Amis with only two major roles casted for sure, though - so it could be, and has been, argued that Hooper actually meant to say he wants to find young Éponine, Cosette and/or Marius, but the journalist didn't get it right. Who knows.)
Finally, Hugh Jackman is quoted about how the movie's music will be recorded: "There’s the option of recording live or lip-synching and I’ve been down the lip-synching route with the video of Oklahoma! I think singing live might work better with this, but Tom won’t make a decision just yet."



Acting-Auditions.org has released a casting call seeking both principal actors and extras for the upcoming film.

Firstly, the site lists the actors casted so far, with some new names. Universal hasn't released any official announcements about some of these newcomers, so these can't be trusted 100%, but here's the cast so far according to Acting-Auditions.org anyway:
:bulletblue: Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean
:bulletwhite: Russell Crowe as Javert
:bulletred: Geoffrey Rush as Monsieur Thénardier
:bulletblue: Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier
:bulletwhite: Anne Hathaway as Fantine
:bulletred: Emma Watson as Cosette
The native 3D rumor is also well alive and kicking.

Secondly, the movie is seeking extras:
"The casting directors are auditioning actors for the lead and supporting roles, and smaller roles will be cast afterwards. The extras, stand-ins and photo doubles for the actors will be hired closer to the beginning of principal photography, which will commence in mid-March, 2012. You must be legally able to be employed in the United Kingdom to work as an actor or extra in the feature film Les Misérables."
While the site doesn't specify any further requirements for the actors willing to audition, it has an address people can drop their resumes at (Casting Collective, Olympic House, 317-321 Latimer Rd., London W10 6RA, UK for would-be extras - please submit photos and resumes by mail only, no phone calls or personal drop-offs), and also tips for writing your resume at this link.
Check out the site for further info.

If someone decides to try this out, break a leg - how amazing would it be to see a member of this group on the silver screen!
Starlene
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OliversRain Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
They're kinda scaring me with some of these rumors and suggestions...I'm still muttering "Thaxton..." under my breath and waiting for his name to show up since he said he'd be more than willing to be in the movie but alas...he's too old D: Whoever they choose for our dearest "Apollo" hopefully won't disappoint.....had better not....
I agree Colm as the Bishop would be a nice little surprise :)
But Russel Crowe.....meh :I Not my ideal Javert but ah well. I'm very anxious for who- or what D: - comes next. :D
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Starlene Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't heard rumors about anyone else than Tveit... But then again, not confirmed yet, so we can't be really sure! Can't wait to know for real!
Yeah, Russell Crowe - not the first person to come to anyone's mind when they think of Javert, I'm guessing... But maybe he'll surprise us and be really good, let's hope so! And also, let's hope Cammack decides to give us loyal Mizzies a little Christmas gift and announce the rest of the cast already, the rumors are starting to feel almost annoying... :P
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CountessWaffle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Ooh, minimal cuts?! Yaay!
As for Sacha Baron Cohen Thenardier....meh, maybe.
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Milady-Vanity Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally they're actually following the books description of Enjolras. Not that I object to Maguire, Karimloo and other brunette and olive Enjolrai...but it's nice to be going back to the cherubs :)
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Anastasia-Pontmercy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
*sigh* Why can't they just get the 10th anniversary cast? They were spectacular, who reaallly cares if they're a bit old to look the part. The story is more important than the people in it.
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mgg-thunder Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
i still want neil patrick harris for enjolras
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CountessWaffle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Same here. ^^
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mgg-thunder Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
great minds think alike. thing is since he was suggested to me, he's all i see in that legendary red waist coat
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
But but... but........... that means no Geoffery Rush!!! :(

Tveit is an excellent pick, hope that one is true though!
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Give us Lionel Logue and Phillip Henslowe and Javert and Barbossa! GIVE US RUSH!
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I know, right??? he's the ONLY ONE!
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I do NOT want Pirelli! He sucked! Johnny Depp would be a better Thenardier.
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah i'm sad that Geoffery Rush isn't still in. :(
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Suddenly, the superslimpossibility of being Cosette is much less appealing knowing he'd be the wedding crasher and not Geoffrey.
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
hahaha!!! so true.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My thoughts exactly!
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student General Artist
What, no December 7th?? :( That means we'll have to wait more than a year (exactly, might I add! XD Today is December 7th, 2011...)

But no 3-D is a phew! They're headed in the right direction, then!

Jamie I could see as Enjy only b/c he is blonde and could probably sing it, but I'm hoping for someone stronger. *cough*NOODLES*cough*

I'm anxious, very anxious to hear who plays Eponine. But I'm not going to pre-judge someone until I see them perform. So far the cast looks pretty legit. I'm hoping for the best...

GEOFFERY RUSH IS MY TOP CHOICE FOR THAT ROLE... YAY!!!!
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Wednesday2021 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student Filmographer
no 3D, yeah~
and one year more, I hope
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I sent in my resume for Cosette, and I am relieved about the 3D. As for Jamie, he was approached to be Enjolras, but refused it. Pity.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Break a leg!

That's what I've been hearing, too... Hoping for some official Enjolras news soon!
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MimiMarquez16 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Please don't be Taylor Swift or Lea Michelle... Suspense is killing me!
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mgg-thunder Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
woo no, fricking 3D crap
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A-Rose-In-Misery Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I honestly can't tell you how excited these updates on this journal make me! So far, the casting seems alright to me, but I desperately want the Cosette and Eponine to be cast well (i.e. people who are great actors with at least some singing experience...) Can't wait for the rest of the cast to be announced. :)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just always glad to know if people find this journal interesting! :) The open call for Cosette is a good sign, I think - they'll get the best one available, I'm sure!
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A-Rose-In-Misery Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I seriously hope they cast unknown actresses as Cosette and Eponine, so that no one will have any preconceieved ideas about what they'll be like in the film, if you get what I mean! My worry is that they'll cast someone who can't really get those high notes as Cosette and someone who's ridiculously pretty and annoying as Eponine. :meow:
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MsWendla Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would really LOVE to see Lea Michele as Eponine because I hoped that she'd get that role. As for Enji... I'm not sure at all, but I guess that Lea might be pleased to be with John in the movie :D
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Wolflinge Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Wow, they really want a very pretty Eponine, it seems. I'd be happy (very happy) with Lea Michelle, alright, simply for the shallow reason of thinking the other four too pretty. And her former experience, of course.

After googling the names for Enjolras, I was like: Oh, that Bower-guy looks like how I imagine Enjolras. Let's youtube him for his voice... OMG! That's that guy from Sweeney Todd! Beautiful voice, of course, but I doubted if it was strong enough for our beloved leader on the barricades. I youtubed more, and now I'd be rather satisfied if he'd be picked. And Jonathan Groff for Marius. :P Nah, I'm fine with Eddie

Yes, I'm very determined to like whatever they do for this movie :P
But daaaaaamn, I don't want it to be postponed!
On the other side, it's to be prefered to being rushed, of course... *indecisive face*
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FutureCosette Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Sending in my resume for Cosette - though seeing I'm fifteen and not a gorgeous lady in her 20s my chances are limited... still, it's fun!
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DuchessaIbby Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Well, good luck! You never know - you might get a background Part even if they don't want you as Cosette :D
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FutureCosette Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Thank you, that's very sweet of you!!!!! :D
I hope so - that's the best I can hope for, actually! :D
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
I'm submitting an e-mail, since I can't make the auditions... I would LOVE to play Cosette.
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TrufflePopElectric Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
As much as I love Lea Michele, I'm not sure about having her in the movie. Hm...
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cecaria Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Jamie Campbell Bower would make an amazing Marius. He has such a soft voice
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BenjixShingo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
I think I would shoot myself if Taylor Swift was Cosette.
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Midnight-attractions Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Or else spark a revolution, right?
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
There's also a rumor of Jonathan Groff being Enjolras. Pfff. I want Killian. Or Ramin. Or David. Anyone but a Glee kid.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've also heard about Jamie Campbell Bower being offered Enjolras... I guess we'll just have to wait for Cammack to make some more official announcements, you can't really know which rumor has the most truth...
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Jamie's pretty good at singing, but he looks so bloody effeminate!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just like Enjy in the book... ;)
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CaeliaDiMekio Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
*facepalm* I now feel stupid.
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Milady-Vanity Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just looked at mr Redmayne's photographs, and whilst I've not seen his work (since he won the Laurence Olivier award he must be good), I'm definitely supporting this casting. He definitely looks the part.
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MdeLucena Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
As long as they get a good looking Enjolras, I'm fine. And if he's really the one singing in the audio I found, then I'm all for this Marius! Link to audio here [link] for anyone who wants to listen.
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A-Tale-Of-Beauty Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Ugh! Eddie Redmayne? he's so creepy looking!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Marius is a creepy stalker. ;)
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Wolflinge Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Hey, they could've asked Robert Pattinson! He's doing a good job of that in Twilight :P
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Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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Wolflinge Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I've done some research. Eddie apparantly sang in the Eton College Choir, as a soloist, no less. Promising? (Of course, it was eleven years ago.)
I'm happy about how he looks, and that he has stage experience, though.
So, again, no problem with this new cast member! :D
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Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing! I'm getting more and more excited! I added that to the journal, too. :)
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FutureCosette Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
He's 30 '(
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Starlene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Better than casting a 17-year-old, I think - movie magic can make him look younger. And that also means that one rumor was false, Les Amis probably won't be teenagers either! I'm glad, I can't see them that young...
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