PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean | Playbill

News PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean
Filming has begun for the movie musical "Les Misérables." Star Hugh Jackman shared a first photo of himself as Valjean via Twitter.

As previously reported, the principal cast of the film directed by Academy Award winner Tim Hooper ("The King's Speech," "John Adams") includes Russell Crowe as Javert; Anne Hathaway as Fantine; Sacha Baron Cohen as Thenardier; Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier; Amanda Seyfried as Cosette; Eddie Redmayne as Marius; Samantha Barks as Eponine; Aaron Tveit as Enjolras; and George Blagden as student Grantaire.

Les Misérables producer Cameron Mackintosh previously confirmed that the film version of the epic Victor Hugo-inspired musical, with songs by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer, will feature a new song for hero Jean Valjean. Written by the stage hit's original songwriting team, the new number is called "Suddenly," and looks at Valjean's relationship with his surrogate daughter Cosette following her rescue from the Thenardiers.

The movie version of the international-hit pop musical Les Misérables will be in theatres Dec. 7, 2012. William Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Nell," "Shadowlands") penned the screenplay.

Among the international-hit show's famous musical numbers are "I Dreamed a Dream," "A Heart Full of Love," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Bring Him Home," "Stars" and "Master of the House."

The original London production continues in the West End. An American touring production of the revised 25th anniversary version of the show is now traveling the country. A separate Canadian production will be spawned in Toronto in 2012.

The Les Miz film is from Universal, Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title.

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