Saturday, January 28, 2012

Original Les Miserables Stars Join Film

Tony nominee Colm Wilkinson and Tony winner Frances Ruffelle, who both starred in the original West End and Broadway casts of Les Miserables, have joined the cast of the musical's upcoming film adaptation, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Wilkinson, who originated the role of Jean Valjean, will play the Bishop of Digne, while Frances Ruffelle, who created the role of Eponine, will appear during the song “Lovely Ladies.”

The Les Miserables film, which will be directed by Tom Hooper, is set for a December 7 release. The star-studded cast includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Taylor Swift as Eponine, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Sacha Baron Cohen as Monsieur Thenardier, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier and Aaron Tveit as Enjolras.

Wilkinson made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables, and earned a Tony nomination. He returned to the role of Valjean in the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert. Ruffelle made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. In London, she has appeared in Starlight Express, Children of Eden, and Chicago. Her film and TV credits include The New Adventures of Robin Hood, Objects of Affection, and Secrets & Lies.

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