December 6th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
British director Tom Hooper is one man who can resist the lure of 3-D.
The "King's Speech" helmer told the BBC that although he lingered on the idea of using the technology for his adaptation of "Les Miserables," he's opting to keep the picture 2-D.
"I did test 3-D and I was very tempted - I think it is a very interesting form," Hooper said. And yet, he wasn't sure if it would help him create a movie that would "connect with everyone."
"One of the things I'm most proud of with 'The King's Speech' is how it managed to do that, whether you're eight or 80 years old...I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is strong, 3-D is not essential."
And thank goodness, otherwise we'd be adding Hooper's film to our list of movies that definitely don't need to be made in 3-D.
The cast for "Les Miserables," which is expected to arrive sometime in 2012, so far includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Russell Crowe as inspector Javert, with the role of Eponine soon to be announced, Hooper said.
Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood and Taylor Swift are rumored to all be in the running for the part, and it sounds like it's a change for the Oscar-winning director.
"I've never done a film where big actors are as obsessed with being in it as this!" he told the BBC.
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