One thing that won't be in 3-D? 'Les Miserables'
December 6th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

One thing that won't be in 3-D? 'Les Miserables'

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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  1. Marie S

    No – please no Taylor Swift as Eponine. Please cast someone with a beautiful voice to fill this incredible role. This movie will be way too sophisticated for Swift and her voice.

    January 28, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    This is an opera for all intents and purposes. Taylor Swift can't sing that part. That is as ridiculous as having the Jonas Bros kid in the West End. It was embarrassing.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. HarmonyALZ

    Anyone know if this is going to be a musical version or just a standard drama like the last remake?

    December 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlie Owen

    Hugh Jackman as Valjean & Russell Crowe as Javert ? Give me Phil Cavill and Philip Quast any day of the week.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rita S

    Here is how I see it. Marius played by either Kevin McHale or Emmit Cahill (Celtic Thunder); Eponine played by either Taylor Swift or Lindsay Pearce(TGP), Enjlorious played by either Daniel Ratcliffe or Damian McGinty(TGP/Glee), Thenardiere(SP?) played by John Goodman or Geroge Donnaldson(also Celtic Thunder); Cossette played by either Lindsay Pearce(TGP) or Lea Michelle, The friends in the tavern can be well done by Neil Burne, Keith Harkin and Ryan Kelly(Celtic Thunder) and the priest played by Paul Byrom. A lot of talent here now if the casting people would only read this. HAHAHA

    December 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Splum

    Hathaway?????? Poor choice.

    December 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kay K.

    Not that anyone reads these replies beyond those bored enough to scroll down – but this story has nothing to do with racists or blacks or Asians for that matter... is based on an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a seventeen-year period in the early nineteenth century, starting in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion.[1]

    The novel focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It examines the nature of law and grace, and expatiates upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. The story is historical fiction because it contains factual and historic events. Contrary to what some believe, it does not use the French Revolution as a backdrop. The French Revolution took place in the eighteenth century; Les Miserables takes place in the nineteenth. The only "revolution" depicted is the June Rebellion, a student uprising. (facts taken from Wikipedia)

    It was also made into one of the greatest broadway musicals of all time. Hauntingly beautiful music, tragic tale.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jon


    December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. be quiet

    Please don't cast Taylor F ck ing Swift as Eponine! You're got an amazing cast lined up so far, don't ruin it with that tone deaf tramp!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anomic Office Drone

    3D is cool when it adds to the experience, but most of the time it's just a way for them to trick people in to spending a few extra dollars at the ticket window.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LOL

    ...Yeah, what planet are you from? Les Mis about the african americam community? Ok then...what a loon.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TYREE

    You tell em Laquanda.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laquanda

    Oh yes them be opressing us. Since this is a movie about our community they wont let it be filmed in 3D. It be too powerful for them whites to ingest.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shut up, tracie

    And now you're someone else...a complete loser...oh wait- you're ALWAYS that person.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TYREE

    Im somebody else right now. Im Tyree. Proud African American colored person. You whiteeeys. Always opressing us.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TYREE


    December 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Shut up, tracie


    December 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. TYREE

    This is the most racist article I have ever read. You peoples make me sick. I dont know why you always have to insult our proud black community. Us black peoples have suffered enough at the hands of you white devils.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. neat


    December 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |

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