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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The “Les Mis” cast, and a movie-musicals roundup

For those who love musicals (and I know you’re out there; are we going to have to talk about “Smash”?), a roundup of news:
— A key cast member has been announced for the upcoming movie version of “Les Miserables,” to be directed by Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”): Samantha Barks, who’s played Eponine in the London version of the musical, will take the role on screen. She’ll join a cast consisting of Russell Crowe (Javert), Hugh Jackman (Valjean), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) and Aaron Tveit (Enjoiras). Helena Bonham Carterand Sacha Baron Cohen have been mentioned for the roles of Madame and Monsieur Thenardier, but I can’t find confirmation of their casting so will assume they are still in negotiations. (But wouldn’t they be perfect?) “Les Mis” arrives in theaters in December, which I devoutly hope is enough time to get that song about how “in the rain, the pavement shines like silver” out of my head.
— Earlier this month, Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) was named as director of the Stephen Sondheim fairy-tale musical “Into the Woods.” James Lapine, who wrote the stage musical, is working on the script; no casting or release date has been announced.
— Writer John Logan, who’s Oscar-nominated this season for “Hugo,” is at work on a script for a movie version of “Jersey Boys.”
— And I can’t find a single update on the Emma Thompson-scripted “My Fair Lady,” so I will assume that the project is languishing in development hell, like Eliza Dolittle on a chaise. Which is, I imagine, quite fitting.

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