Behind the scenes at Les Misérables

Coming to theaters this December (2012) is the hit Broadway musical and book, Les Misérables. Unlike other versions of the film, where the songs are sung in a studio and then later on the actors make the motions that they are singing, the songs in this film are sung LIVE as the movie is being filmed. I can’t see how it’s even possible, but that is exactly how they are doing it in this film. I’m excited to see how it all works out.

Les Misérables stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russle Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Here is the movie’s synopsis in case you are not familiar from the story.

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in the 27th year. Helmedby The Kinds Speech’s Academy Award-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Set against the backdrop of 19 century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.  Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole.  When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale.  With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

Les Misérables stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Check out this interesting behind the scenes look at the film and hear from the talent and those involved with the film how unique filming songs sung live can be.


If you are reading this post via e-mail you can find the clip here, http://bit.ly/PjG1uf.

I find it very fascinating. I wasn’t a big fan of the book, and I’ve never seen the story on Broadway, but I must say that I am very interested in seeing this when it’s out in theaters.

Here are some really cool movie posters featuring some of the main characters from the film. I love how they were photographed. The photos actually stir up emotions. You can tell it’s going to be a “dark” and sad movie, but one where there is love and hope.

For more information about the film visit the official website. You can also “like” Les Mis on Facebook and follow on Twitter (@LesMiserables). The hashtag to follow the conversation is #LesMis. You can even follow Les Mis on Pinterest!

What do you think about this version of the film? Do you think this is something you would go and see when it’s available in theaters? Feel free to leave a comment. I always love to hear from my readers.


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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  1. I’m really looking forward to seeing this version. I loved the 10th anniversary version of the play and the 25th was nice too. In college I read a few pages of the book. I know I know. But I had so much course work and that novel is long. Some day I’ll finish. The story is releatable and that’s why it stands the test of time.

  2. Amanda Seyfried sang then? I first saw her playing a dumb character – it was on Mean Girls, I think – I’m not sure. Anyway, I never really took her as a serious actress but I love Les Miserables so I’m going to watch it and who knows? I might think of Amanda differently.