Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, via Boublil and Schönberg. With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway as Valjean, Javert, and Fantine, respectively.
The songs were sung live on-set. That means there will be no terribly-dubbed-yes-I’m-looking-at-you-Phantom-voiceovers.
In case the first cast listing wasn’t enough for you, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are the Thénardiers. And yes, you’re supposed to hate them. I also should mention that Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech, is at the helm, with the same cinematographer and production designer. I’ve been tracking this movie since before there were rumors about it. Seriously.
Ask me if I’m excited for this. Go on, ask me.
Answer: yes. Yes I am. This Christmas can’t come soon enough.