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Anne Hathaway Sings in the ‘Les Miserables’ Trailer

'Les Miserables' Trailer
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‘The King’s Speech’ director Tom Hooper’s highly-anticipated adaption of ‘Les Miserables’ doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 7th, but a trailer was released today that gives us a tantalizing glimpse at his depiction of turbulent nineteenth century France. And, since this is a famed musical, there is some dramatic singing.

Anne Hathaway, who plays the beleaguered Fantine, shows off her impressive vocal range by singing a haunting version of the iconic song ‘I Dreamed a Dream.’ Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman sports a bristly beard as ex-convict Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe looks natty in a uniform as Inspector Javert and Amanda Seyfried looks appropriately dewy as Cosette. Sadly, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, who play the villainous Thenardiers, are nowhere to be seen.

Interestingly, Hooper had the actors sing live on set, rather than lip-synch to a pre-recorded track. This gives a heartbreakingly raw quality to Hathaway’s performance in the trailer. Hooper hope this technique will give viewers the same “spine-tingling moments” they would get from watching a stage play.

Are you excited for Hooper’s star-studded adaptation?

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