All-Singing 'Les Miserables' Behind the Scenes Preview

Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:07 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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All-Singing 'Les Miserables' Behind the Scenes Preview

If you're looking to convey that your musical is a proper event of a movie, there are worse ways to do it than with a huge four-and-a-half minute trailer-thing combining new footage, behind the scenes material, and talking heads from a formidable cast.  The new Les Miserables trailer fits that description, meaning that you can get a look at a pretty phenomenal cast singing live on set rather than to playback.

The trailer makes that a big selling point, and it's easy to see why.  Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne are recording their vocals differently with each take, setting the tempo of each song as it grows organically from the rest of their performances while a pianist performs on set.

It's a smart choice by director Tom Hooper, who has made this musical his follow-up to 2010's The King's Speech.  Like the trailer released in May, this one has some very nice sweeping imagery, but it's definitely more focused on the big numbers of the musical rather than the story of Victor Hugo's 150 year-old classic novel.

Watch the video below or in high definition at Odeon.

Though neither actor pops up in the talking head interviews, both Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen appear in the film as the Thenardiers, which is interesting given that both played important roles in Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd.

While Hooper is undoubtedly most known for his Oscar-winning The King's Speech, he proved his adroitness with period epics earlier, on the fantastic HBO miniseries John Adams, and it looks like he's delivering on the massive potential of both Hugo's text and the beloved musical.

Les Miserables is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 25th of this year, the same day that we'll be seeing Django Unchained and The Guilt Trip.

Here's the official synopsis from many moons ago:

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech‘s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, with further casting to be announced.

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.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs–including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”–Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

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