Surprising news is coming to us today from Variety. They’re reporting that actor Hugh Jackman is in talks for Tom Hooper‘s next film, Les Miserables. It’s surprising simply because I never really thought we’d see Wolverine in a musical. But then again, Jackman has done theatre before and he’s performed quite well while on stage. In fact, he’s even won a Tony Award.
Still, I really didn’t see this one coming and he wasn’t at all who I was picturing for the role. Apparently Jackman is up for the part of either protagonist Valjean or antagonist Javert, specifics are not known yet. Both are significant parts though and both would give him a chance to shine as well as flex his vocals.
When it was first announced that Tom Hooper had chosen Les Miserables as his first post-The King’s Speech project, I was pretty happy. The play is fantastic and the music is great. It’s about time we got a proper film adaptation of the classic play and Hooper is an interesting choice to helm it. Now with Jackman’s involvement, things are getting even more interesting. He’s a solid actor and I’m excited to see him show off his singing talents. I’m also quite curious to see who they will get to star opposite him.
What do you think? Do you want to see Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables?