After receiving the Best Director award at the Oscars earlier this year for The King’s Speech Tom Hooper was inundated with offers, and after sifting through them all (one of which was Iron Man 3) Hooper decided his next project would be Les Miserables, a new version of the classic novel and Broadway musical set in 19th-century France. Atonement producers Working Title are behind it, and it is being conceived as a big-budget musical.
After attracting a director like Hooper Universal’s next task was to find some leading actors, preferably ones who can handle musicals. Enter Hugh Jackman who, when not slashing people up as Wolverine, is partial to a sing song having appeared on Broadway many times, and lets not forget his Oscar hosting gig in 2009.
According to Variety Jackman is in talks to play either Jean Valjean, the intrepid protagonist on the run, or Javert, the police inspector who pursues him. If he closes a deal, Jackman would be the first actor to officially board the movie.
No mention of a shooting schedule, but 20th Century Fox are closing in on a director for The Wolverine, so scheduling will have to be worked out if the plan is to shoot both later this year. Les Miserables is perfect for Jackman’s talents though, so hopefully he can make both.