Rumor: Anne Hathaway To Play Fantine In Tom Hooper's Les Miserables?
Earlier this year, while co-hosting the Academy Awards, Anne Hathaway dressed up in a tuxedo to sing "On My Own," from Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical Les Miserables, but it wasn't her first time singing at the awards show. Two years prior, when Hugh Jackman was hosting, the actress joined him on stage to belt out a number about Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon. What I'm getting at is if you were to mix those two performances together you would have the basis for the newest movie rumor to hit the web.
According to sources over at Broadway World, Hathaway, who is currently hard at work playing Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, has signed on to play Fantine in Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables. The site also says that Jackman, who is set to play Jean Valjean in the adaptation, is the reason she got the gig, saying that the result is from "Jackman's pushing." The film was in the news just last week, as reports came out saying that the production of The Wolverine may be pushed back to spring 2012 due to Jackman's commitments to the musical.
Based on the book by Victor Hugo, the plot is set in the 19th century during the student revolutions in France and centers on Valjean, a man previously imprisoned for stealing bread, who is on the run from a police officer named Javert. A non-musical version of the story was made in 1998 by director Bille August starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes.
I have a really hard time believing that this is actually true simply because it would be too much of a coincidence. Hathaway even went as far as to complain about Jackman's absence during her song. Unless this is the result of one of the strangest viral marketing schemes of all time, I simply don't buy it.
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