We dare you not to be moved while watching the trailer to the eagerly awaited big screen adaptation of Boublil and Schonberg’s epic musical based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo—out December 14. It opens with Anne Hathaway belting out one of the show’s pathos-drenched ballads, “I Dreamed a Dream.”
“I had a dream my life would be,” sings Hathaway, as doomed Fantine, while we see scenes of revolution-scarred Paris. “So different from this hell I’m living.”
Of course, Fantine doesn’t last long in the musical/book. Her daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and the scrappy Eponine (theater star Samantha Barks) will get most of the spotlight.
What do you think of the disheveled Hugh Jackman as the former prisoner Jean Valjean? Or Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert? Can Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his direction of The King’s Speech, do it again with his take on the classic tale?
One thing is for sure — we’re hoping the next clip features Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (as the Thénardiers) singing “Master of the House.”