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Eternally calm and gentle-natured actor Russell Crowe has signed on to Universal's Oscar-bait film adaptation of the Broadway musical 'Les Miserables'. Crowe will be playing the main antagonist Inspector Javert, alongside Hugh Jackman as protagonist Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as the character Fantine.
The Tony-award winning musical adapted from the book by Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables' follows the lives of several French characters in the early nineteenth century, ending with the student rebellions of 1832. Valjean, arrested for stealing bread to feed his family and kept for 19 years due to a series of escape attempts, is released from prison and immediately runs afoul of Inspector Javert - a man intent to put Valjean back behind bars. Over the course of seventeen years, the two men engage in a cat-and-mouse struggle as Valjean changes his identity and flees justice. Crowe - who is the lead singer for his band '30 Odd Foot of Grunts' - is expected to also sing for the role (rather than have another vocalist overdubbed in post-production).
Universal has scheduled the film for release on December 7th, 2012 (smack dab in the middle of Oscar season) so for lovers of musical theater and sweeping historic dramas about loss and romance, this is the film for you. For the rest of you (who will likely be dragged to this by your significant others), just keep thinking about it as a civil rebellion film starring Jor El, Wolverine, and Catwoman and you should be okay.