Russell Crowe is one of those actors. You know, the ones with their own band. Not particularly popular but obviously a labor of love, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts joins Keanu Reeve's Dogstar as one of those musical acts you've heard of but probably never listened to. Well, you're definitely going to hear Russell Crowe sing on December 7, 2012: Deadline announced that he's just signed on to play Javert in the big Hollywood adaptation of the Broadway musical Les Miserables, co-starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.
The film will be directed by Tom Hooper, who recently won an Academy Award for directing The King's Speech. With that cast, that director and the early December release date, we know exactly what Universal is thinking: sweet, sweet Oscars. Then again, that's probably what TriStar was thinking when they released the last big Hollywood adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, 1998's music-less Les Miserables, a film by acclaimed Danish director Bille August which co-starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, and which nobody even remembers anymore.
It's a fine cast, at least one of whom can really belt out a tune, and a director who… is pretty darned good, we suppose, even if it's hard to get really excited about his next film. How do you feel about this new version of Les Miserables? Good casting? Bad casting? Do you (like to) hear the people singing?
CraveOnline will be back with more Les Miserables news after we dream a dream… in time gone by, at least.