Hugh Jackman Hopes LES MISERABLES Film 'Leads to More Movie Musicals' - With Him!
In an interview with the New York Post, Hugh Jackman commented on the possibility of a forthcoming Miss Saigon movie adaptation saying, "I hope 'Les Miserables' leads to more movie musicals - but, selfishly, only if I can be in them!"
Read the full interview here, in which he discusses reading Victor Hugo's epic of a novel to prep for the film, his first experience seeing Les Mis on stage, Cameron Mackintosh's request for Jackman to play 'Javert' on stage, working with Joan Lader, the difficulties of singing "Bring Him Home" for the movie, Anne Hathaway and more!
Under the direction of Tom Hooper, the Les Miserables film will star Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Russell Crowe as Javert, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thernardier, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier.
Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004. When LES MISERABLES celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by "Cats" in London's West End. In January 2010, The West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
Hugh Jackman is perhaps best known around the world as Wolverine in the X-Men series, and has starred in films for such directors as Baz Luhrmann (Australia), Woody Allen (Scoop), Christopher Nolan (The Prestige), and Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain).
As comfortable on stage as he is on screen, Jackman has seen additional success on Broadway with credits including the musical The Boy From Oz (for which he won Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards), his recent one-man show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, and the drama A Steady Rain opposite Daniel Craig. In addition to serving as Tony Awards host for three consecutive years from 2003 - 2005 (his second appearance earned him an Emmy Award, and the final garnered an Emmy nomination), Jackman brought hishoned skills to Hollywood where he hosted the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009.