Hugh Jackman is being sought to play Jean Valjean and Paul Bettany is a candidate for the part of Javert in the new upcoming adaptation of “Les Miserables” for Universal Pictures and Working Title says Deadline.
“The King’s Speech” helmer Tom Hooper is directing this new film adaptation of the 1985 stage musical, which itself is an adaptation of the 1862 Victor Hugo novel. The story follows the struggle by ex-con Jean Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert.
No offer or talks have begun with Jackman though Bettany apparently read for the role and sang some songs. Cameron Mackintosh produces the film which aims to begin production in Europe sometime before year’s end.