Hathaway Is Fantine In “Les Miserables”

Anne Hathaway has joined the new big-screen adaptation of the musical “Les Miserables” reports UPI.

The 1985 stage musical, which itself is an adaptation of the 1862 Victor Hugo novel, follows the struggle by ex-con Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer – the uncompassionate police inspector Javert (Russell Crowe).

Hathaway is to play tragic Fantine, a Parisian grisette whose life is rather miserable throughout the production.

Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) directs this adaptation which is due out next December. Hathaway and Jackman sang together during an Oscar telecast in 2009.