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Hugh Jackman in talks for Les Miserables

Hugh Jackman in Australia

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Jackman is in talks to star in a big-screen musical adaptation of theatre sensation Les Miserables.

The feature, to be directed by The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper for Universal and Working Title, would be based on the Victor Hugo book.

Jackman is circling the role of Jean Valjean, the man who steals bread to feed his sister and spends the ensuing years in prison (or trying to escape it) while also becoming the guardian of a young woman named Cosette.

The romantic drama unfolds against the backdrop of a 19th Century French rebellion.

In theatrical form, Les Miserables is one of the longest-running musicals around on both sides of the Atlantic.

The film version would mark the first time that Jackman, a singer and dancer with a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz, would perform on the big screen.

His involvement depends largely on how long it takes for a new director to be found for his Wolverine sequel, which was to have shot later this year. It remains to be seen whether that delay can fit in or after Hooper’s shooting schedule.

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