The first trailer for the latest adaption of Les Misérables is now online. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), the trailer features Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) as Fantine, singing “I Dreamed a Dream”, one of the most famous songs from the musical.
Everyone seems to agree that the trailer is a visual treat; Hooper’s representation of 19th century France looks fantastic. However, the song choice has already received some heavy criticism. Purists are worried it will mislead viewers into believing Hathaway’s character, Fantine, is the story’s leading lady, which she certainly is not. Others have criticized Hathaway’s voice for being too weak for the song.
Les Misérables is set to be released around Christmas of this year and boasts an incredible cast, including Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Robin Hood) as Javert, Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Real Steel) as Jean Valjean, Amanda Seyfried (In Time) as Cosette, Helena Bonham Carter (Dark Shadows) and Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator) as the Thénardiers.
I’m sure trailers featuring the rest of the cast and their singing chops aren’t too far off. Personally, I think Hathaway sounds great in this one. What do you think?