Anne Hathaway Will Dream a Dream in ‘Les Miserables’ with Jackman and Crowe

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Corey MatthewsAfter weeks of rumors (and to absolutely no one’s surprise), Anne Hathaway has been officially given the role of Fatine in Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Miserables.

To take the female lead in Les Mis, Anne Hathaway was the obvious choice. You might even call her the safe choice. But she is, nonetheless, a great choice. This movie isn’t vying for breakout stars; it’s roping in all the classics. Hugh Jackman as the hero, Jean Valjean? Yes, it’s none too surprising, and none too risky. But it’ll be none too disappointing either. Same goes for Russell Crowe as the villainous Inspector Javert.

This even applies to the director, Tom Hooper. Last year, Hooper served us The King’s Speech, as classic and traditional as a movie can get. It was still good, but it was a shoe-in from the start for the Best Picture.

The real question is: does this indicate a problem? Does the “Better Safe than Sorry” mindset that is enveloping this project (classic musical, classic cast, classic director) indicate a cynical deterrence from anything new, unfamiliar, or different in any way? Or is it simply an appreciation of a certain type of talent, and an application of that talent in a way that will produce an enjoyable, worthwhile film?

It’s probably the latter. Entertaining the former theory is really just looking for things to scorn. And while I love looking for things to scorn, I also love Les Miserables. And I love Hugh Jackman. And I love Anne Hathaway.

And in the end, would you rather have a heart full of scorn…or a heart full of love?

Source: Deadline

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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