With a December 7, 2012 release date, Les Miserables is about to lock down its cast, and the latest rumored cast members are Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift. They could be joining Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Sacha Baron Cohen in Tom Hooper‘s follow-up to his Oscar winning The King’s Speech.

Amanda Seyfried’s been offered Cosette, who’s the daughter of Fantine (Hathaway). Because of the epic sprawl of the story  Cosette appears ten years later (basically we get to skip her growing up). Hence the casting. Swift is up for Eponine, who enters into a love triangle with Cosette, and their battling affections for Marius (who’s to be played by Eddie Redmayne, currently blanding it up in My Week with Marilyn).

Hooper has recently talked about recording the singing live on the sets. I believe the last person who tried that was Peter Bogdanovich with his bomb At Long Last Love. Perhaps it will work better for Hooper. Having won Oscar glory Hooper was in the position to make what he wanted, and so he took a long hoped for play to the big screen. It’s a bold choice for a follow up, and could reveal genius or hubris – possibly both. Shooting should start shortly.

Will anyone joke that the film is a remake of The Fugitive?