Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info

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As this takes shape, I'm finding it a little depressing. I'm trying to keep my mind as parachutic as possible because I'm not the sort of person who typically bristles when casting isn't in line with his own ideas (not that I have any particular ones in this case, mind). I naively try to maintain faith, though, and, really, aside from feeling that Hugh Jackman's got a very limited bag o' tricks, this is a cast of talented people.

But they're all suuuuuuuuuuch screaming Hollywood-safe choices, and I'm afraid the rest of the production will bear that pattern out. The news of the casting has been more, "Oh, wow, they got him/her," than, "OMG, they got HIM/HER?! [squee]" The choices have been big, but they haven't been bold. Like the suggestion above of casting Ben Walker -- great, inspired choice, and not because he's not a movie star... but because there's a little danger there.

Of course they won't revolutionize the material  la "Cabaret" LES MIZ is 100% a brand, after all. But with this director and cast, I can already imagine the angles, the lighting, the mise-en-scne. "Oh, there's the Thnardiers' tastefully rotten teeth!" "Oh, there's Russell Crowe's super-cereal Javert face!" "Oh, there's Anne Hathaway, who's still... just a teensy bit glamorous as a prostitute dying of TB."

And in my head, that looks pretty boring. It doesn't help that the show itself has been stagnating in the exact same form for 25 years. But if there's zero exploration of the material, it begs the question, "Why make a movie at all?" (Aside from money, of course.) And the lack of an answer to that question brought us the total artistic failures of the films of POTO and THE PRODUCERS.

Sorry to be such a Bradley Bummer about the whole thing.

I love movies as much as I love theater, and it's so very rare that real romance between them happens.

Fingers are crossed.
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"Bradley Bummer" I love it... Debbie's brother.

I hope they don't revolutionize it like "Cabaret." Love Fosse's film, but it did eliminate almost all "book-musical"-ness from the original show.
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My theory with movie musicals: if an actor or actress can not sing it, there should be no dubbing. They should not have the part, no matter WHAT their name is.

The performer should be able to sing, dance AND of course act the part.

"Dubbers" never get their deserved credit and I personally think it's a bad practice.

And as I said before, I will believe nothing I hear about this movie until I am sitting through the final credits... whenever that may be.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #29
Posted: 9/24/11 at 12:43pm
If I were them, I'd audition Lily Tomlin for Mme. T.

Because she's a great actress in both comedy and drama and she has this air about her that seems perfect for the sinister/eccentric madame of the inn.
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Isn't Lily Tomlin a bit too old to portray a woman who has a teenaged daughter?
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Nah. Last I saw Tomlin, she did not look so old that she'd be unacceptable for the role. I was actually quite surprised how well she has aged.
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If they were going to go older with Madame Thenardier, it really should be Kathy Bates.
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Ya'll determined to make Mme. T. heavy-set, eh? LOL. IS Ms. Bates still heavy-set, btw?

Not being serious, but I do roll my eyes when someone says she must be bigger than a house, ha.

True, Bates wouldn't be a terrible choice, methinks.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #34
Posted: 9/25/11 at 12:51am
Well, she's pretty much described that way in the book.
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Let's be real, Javert should be a real action star...the obvious person that they should have gotten is Jackie Chan:


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That's correct, SporkGoddess. And even though I do hope they refer to the novel a lot for the film, that's one of those things I don't really care about, but that's just me.

It's like saying Enjolras HAS to be blonde because he's described that way in the book. I realize that may be of importance to many and that's cool. But, personally, I think he worked just fine with dark hair in the musical, as did thin actresses as Mme. T.

I certainly wouldn't be opposed to anything closer to the book, but Tomlin in a fat suit would be whatev, haha.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #37
Posted: 9/25/11 at 11:02am
Kathy Bates is doing a TV show now, Harry's Law, so she probably won't have the time to be in a movie. HBC is the only name they seem to be pursuing at the moment.
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Until I see several reputable sources confirming signings, then one shouldn't read much (or any) into "someone" saying..... So, I think we have Jackman and Crowe confirmed so far. That's it.

Putting my marketing cap on, if I'm Tom Hooper, I'd be looking seriously at trying to secure Jackie Evancho for Young Cosette. Shortish part, two songs, she has expressed an interest in acting, and I hear she can sing. She'd bring in a few million people that might otherwise be teetering on going to the film or not. I am just not sure the rest of the cast would want to be overshadowed, especially on what will likely be some circumspect singing (although, as a movie, I expect the post sound editing will have all the singing coming out beautifully!).
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It makes sense Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are being considered. They are both excellent actors plus they got Oscar nominations for the Tom Hoopers last film (The Kings Speech) and he probably had a pleasant time working with them.


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Posted: 10/11/11 at 7:55pm
Early news out (not confirmed in very many spots, on on IMDB as yet), but Robert Redford (producing, directing, acting) has purportedly cast Jackie Evancho as his daughter in 'The Company You Keep', a thriller set to film in 2012. Redford is doing like Hooper, gathering up a who's who of known names for his film (except it looks like's he going to trump Hooper on that count! lol!). This casting may now spark Hooper's interest in Evancho now (for Young Cosette). We'll see. I just think it would be smart of Hooper.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #41
Posted: 10/11/11 at 9:03pm
Evancho is definitely a who's who of "who?"
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #42
Posted: 10/11/11 at 9:49pm
Emma will be great looks-wise, I mean Cosette is probably the most boring, one dimensional musical theatre character ever written. However if Watson can't sing the score, for the love of god please dub her! That was my number one pet peeve with the Phantom of the Opera film adaptation. Emmy could not sing the role of Christine if her life depended on it. She couldn't even fake sing the role. I don't mind if someone doesn't have a pitch perfect voice for the sake of their acting. That was one reason I loved Moulin Rouge so much, the singing was done live during filming so it wasn't always perfect but it was real and was appropriate to the "score" (if you could call it that) of that film.

Cosette is a soprano role, I don't want two Eponine sounding girls. They already glamorize Eponine so much it makes Marius look all the more ridiculous for choosing Cosette in the first place.
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Posted: 10/11/11 at 9:51pm
Watson isn't doing it.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #44
Posted: 10/12/11 at 1:55am
Since when does Marius choose?

The boy is torn between stamping out injustice atop a wooden heap and singing sweet nothings into Cosette's pretty ears. He barely notices Eponine's desperate advances. There's a reason the poor girl is so frustrated, every other thing she says has to do with him not noticing her:

"Little you know, little you care."

"...but he never saw me therrrrrrrrre!"

"And although I know that he is blind..."

"Without me his world will go on turning."


I guarantee you it never once crosses his mind that he must decide between Eponine and Cosette. Where people get that he does is a mystery to meeeee.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #45
Posted: 10/12/11 at 8:05am
Rebecca Caine just tweeted:

http://twitter.com/#!/RebeccaCaine/status/124079117414043648

Good luck to all the girls I've coached for Cosette in the Les Mis Film auditions today. Sending you a perfect pianissimo top C each.
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Posted: 10/15/11 at 12:29pm
If Emma Watson is to play Cosette and if her singing is to be dubbed, I might suggest Jackie Evancho for that. Either that, or cast her directly in a role (Young Cosette?). She is both a soprano and an actress with her card (she is filming this month and next in Vancouver, Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep', where she plays his protagonist character's daughter in an important role). This girl is "genius talented' and those that don't take note of what she brings to any production (pretty much), do so at their own loss.

She's only been on the radar for 18 months, is only 11 years of age, and we all know how far she has already come. By the time Hooper goes to the fall film festivals and then launches Les Miserables she will be even more acclaimed: surely a Grammy nomination for Debut Artist and quite possibly the Award come February; another platinum Christmas album (due out Nov 1); another classical-crossover album likely in 2012; and (IMHO) very favourable reviews on her role in The Company You Keep (my prediction, yes).

This young girl takes one take on everything. I mean, everything. She is genius. David Foster says he's never encountered a talent such as Jackie's (and he's worked with a lot of talent). And take one look at Redford's ensemble cast for 'The Company You Keep' and it's pretty obvious the acting all had to be good -- no room for slackers / filler in this film; she won auditions.

Jackie may have auditioned for Les Miserables too, and it may just come to fit of her age, as she is between Young Cosette's and teen-aged Cosette's age. Still, there's no denying the singing talent, and although some might say she hasn't a 'broadway voice', the thing is, she can flat out sing, and Foster has commented effusively on learning curve (straight up, apparently).

If Tom Hooper wants to up the ante on the delivery of the singing in his movie, avoid a "Pierce Brosnan moment', and if he is interested in 'names' (which he apparently is, and for good ,on a movie musical), it would be entirely smart on his part to find some role for Jackie Evancho. He'd be congratulating himself afterwards, big time. (Yes, again, my prediction (smile)).
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #47
Posted: 10/15/11 at 1:33pm
Um, no. We should not be encouraging this little girl to sing like an adult any more than she already has been. She is going to hurt her voice if she keeps artifically darkening her voice in order to sound "older." I also don't really think she conveys emotion well enough when she sings.

And no way will they dub Cosette. If they didn't dub Christine, they will not dub Cosette.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #48
Posted: 10/15/11 at 1:55pm
A friend of mine is an agent, and the casting directors will not see Radcliffe for Marius apparently. They just don't want him!
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Posted: 10/15/11 at 2:23pm
The 'opinion' of JE "artificially darkening" and "damaging" her voice is out there, amongst the more 'unknowing'. It's repudiated with much direct expertise guiding JE and her career. Her singing is pure genius; comes from her head / brain.

On the dubbing, I can certainly see that. The actors should all sing there own parts in a movie, even if they are edited in from the recording studio to maximize the singing 'result'. Imagine if Broadway shows started having all the roles lyp-synched/dubbed. Yikes!

I can say, with sincerity, that your opinion that Jackie does "not exhibit much emotion with her singing", is the very first time I have encountered that exposition. The critical and fan acclaim of her renderings in concerts have been universal, in all my followings of Jackie. She has expressed many times her preference for live audiences, and it is proven up time and again with her performances. Watch her deliver of "Lovers" in concert, and then someone (please) explain to me how an 11-year-old can render that song like that without divine intervention, because I certainly cannot contemplate it otherwise.
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Les Miserables Movie Auditions/Casting Info #50
Posted: 10/15/11 at 3:03pm
"Imagine if Broadway shows started having all the roles lyp-synched/dubbed. Yikes!"

I don't know if that's a valid comparison... live theater is supposed to be just that, "live." Movies are inherently recorded and have been tweaking the sound since (in some fashion) practically since the first of the talkies, including "looping" (re-recording dialogue in the studio for better quality audio and more consistent sound.)

And historically, movie musicals have had their casts lip-sync to pre-recorded tracks for the same reason, with only a handful of them allowing "live" on-set singing. Doesn't seem TOO heretical to use someone else's voice (honestly and with credit given). I'd PREFER it to be same actor/voice obviously, but am not gonna be annoyed about it as much as with live theater using "dubbing."