Featuring direction from Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen, and based upon one of the most beloved novels and stage musicals of all, the upcoming film version of Les Misérables looked pretty good on paper. Then the teaser trailer was released today, and, well, it looks almost perfect.
Basically a series of random images backed with Anne Hathaway’s solid take on the song “I Dreamed a Dream” (hey, it is just a teaser, after all), the preview clip definitely hints at a film of absolutely epic scale; that said, musicals can be both hard to pull off and an even harder sell to a general public, and it remains to be seen if this teaser trailer or the film in general will have any traction with the average filmgoer.
But featuring as it does an all-star cast, a director whose last film scored four Oscars (including Best Picture), and an absolutely treasured source material, it’s likely that Les Misérables will be a relative hit when it’s released this winter on December 14th. And for those of you who aren’t in the know, check out the plot summary below:
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.
What do you think of the teaser?