Casting Call: Les Miserables

It’s strange but true: Though Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables has been adapted for film and television literally dozens of times, all of those adaptations have been based on Hugo’s novel itself, rather than Claude-Michel Schönberg’s eponymous 1985 musical. But at long last, a cinematic version of the show that spawned songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own” is being developed. Musical veteran Hugh Jackman is already attached to star as noble bread thief Jean Valjean; Deadline reported this week that the filming of Wolverine 2 has even been pushed back to accomodate his shooting Les Mis.

According to, musically inclined stars including Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Amy Adams, and Miranda Cosgrove may be in negotiations for the film as well. Still, nobody but Jackman has been hired quite yet—which prompts the question of who should be cast in the latest version of Les Mis. Here’s our dream cast, which includes a mixture of Broadway vets and silver-screen stars.