Friday, December 9, 2011

Sacha Baron Cohen to Keep the Zoo

A long-awaited but highly unexpected casting decision has finally been made. The role of Monsieur Thenardier in the upcoming film version of Les Miserables will be played by comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Geoffrey Rush had previously been in talks to take on the role, reuniting with his The King's Speech costar Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Madame Thenardier. The two will have the daunting task of taking on the production number Master of the House. In addition to Borat and Sweeney Todd, Cohen’s film credits include BrĂ¼no, Hugo, Talladega Nights and TV's Da Ali G Show.

Already cast in the Les Miz film are Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. The roles of Eponine and Cosette have yet to be cast. The film begins production in February 2012.

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