Take a look at this awesome featurette which shows the Les Misérables cast singing live and telling you about how the film will be a very different experience to the stage show. The actors all sing live (ie, not in a studio and lip synching). So they all sing live infront of the cast, crew and the extras. It’s a really interesting featurette in terms of the the acting choices and processes these pros go through. The filmmakers havn’t gone with people that are already known for their singing voices. I bet you’re curious to hear what Anne Hathaway’s voice or Amanda Seyfried’s voice is like, well now you know. It’s a world away from the stage version if you’ve seen it.
If you don’t already know, Les Misérables is a film adaptation based on the world’s longest running musical. Directed by Tom Hooper who was the Director behind the Oscar winning The King’s Speech, it’s said to be a sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic story. And judging by the footage in the featurette, that’s not wrong.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Watch out for Ann Hathaway’s emotional performance of I Dreamed a Dream, where she explains “there seemed to be something selfish about going for the pretty version”. It’s a very different version to the SuBo popularised track. Les Misérables has the honour of being the first ever musical adaptation where the singing is performed live without any post-dubbing or miming. You can see from the featurette what a difference it makes.
The stage version of Les Misérables has been seen by an astounding 60 million people in 42 countries and 21 languages over 27 years. A Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production, Les Misérables stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Les Misérables is scheduled to appear in UK cinemas on January 11th, 2013.
This post has been sponsored by Universal Pictures, but is genuinely really interesting…in my opinion…which isn’t sponsored.