Because Sesame Street parodies are still the best.
I can’t say who was responsible for getting the Les Mis movie musical off the ground. Whoever they are, they seem to have spawned a Les Mis revival of sorts. This would be all well and good, except now we’re talking about a “Les Mis” one hour primetime TV drama.
Because of course we are. Still, I’m not going to hold the movie completely to blame for this. After all, that was a 19th century set, semi-faithful adaptation of the London musical. This show, though probably helped along int he greenlighting process by the movie’s existence, is more like a weird piece of fan-fiction.
The project, from Warner Bros TV and Rob Thomas Prods, has landed at Fox with script commitment plus penalty. Written by [Graham] Norris, the contemporary take is a primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life — all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die.
VIVA LE GRUMPY CAT!
The early screenings are generating serious Oscar buzz for the big budget movie of one of the hardest musicals to put to screen. Buoyed by this development, Les Mis has released not one but FIVE clips of iconic numbers from the musical, hoping to generate serious buzz, and land number one on a crowded Christmas Day line up.
First up–we’ve already had “I Dreamed A Dream” from Fantine featured in the original trailer. So it only makes sense to release one that focuses on Hugh Jackman’s Valjean:
After the jump, a couple of semi ensemble bits, and two romantic numbers.
After the jump, the character posters for the four main leads.
I’m thinking this is the Christmas movie this year. (The Hobbit comes out ten days before, so I’ll have already seen it once, if not twice before Xmas.)
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I’m still holding my breath that this magically turns out to be as amazing as I want it to be, and not another also ran.
Now that we’re done worrying about the cast, let worry about how they look:
Ok, the uggs and the tea are not part of the costume, obvs. But the rest of it? Including the shaved head. I’m not hating this.
After the jump, Russell Crowe as Javert:
Oh, thank Heavens!
Samantha Barks is set to play Eponine in the film version of Les Miserables – the role she played at the 25th anniversary concert.
Cameron Mackintosh announced it live on stage at the Manchester Palace at the end of this evening’s performance of Oliver!, in which Barks is currently playing Nancy.
He told the cast and audience that he had a big announcement to make before flying to America, and then revealed that Barks would be taking the role of Eponine.
It seems to have come as a surprise to Barks – audience members reported that “the look on her face was priceless”.
There’s a lot I could stand for, Hollywood, but giving the role of Eponine–the role every angst-y teenage girl identifies with–to Little Miss You Belong With Me and her painfully reedy voice would have been fairly hard to swallow. It may not have been Lea Michele, but in terms of vocal power, and acting ability, I’ll take it.