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David Oyelowo, Dominic West and Lily Collins join BBC's Les Miserables

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Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Oyelowo, Dominic West and Lily Collins are to head the cast of the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of classic novel Les Miserables.

West will take on the role of Jean Valjean, Oyelowo will play his rival Javert, and Collins is Fantine.

The cast also includes Olivia Colman and Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Cosette, Josh O’Connor (Ripper Street) as Marius and Erin Kellyman (Raised By Wolves) as Éponine.

The six-part drama has been adapted by Andrew Davies and will be directed by Tom Shankland.

It will go back to the original novel and delve deep into the layers of Victor Hugo’s story, closely examining Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Commenting on his role, West described Valjean as “one of the greatest characters in world literature”.

“His epic journey of redemption is one of the extraordinary roles an actor can take on and I can’t wait to get stuck in to bringing Andrew’s brilliant adaptation to the screen,” he said.

Production is due to begin in February in Belgium and Northern France.

Les Miserables was most recently brought to the big screen by Tom Hooper in a musical film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.