First images from BBC’s Les Misèrables reveal main characters
BBC One has released the first images from their upcoming six-part miniseries adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic novel Les Misérables. The photos gives us our first look at the main cast in character including Lily Collins, Olivia Colman, David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Josh O’Connor, Ellie Bamber and Adeel Akhtar portraying the roles of Fantine, Madame Thénardier, Javert, Jean Valjean, Marius, Cosette and Monsieur Thénardier, respectively. Check out the photos below! (via Bleeding Cool)
Andrew Davies (War & Peace) will go back to the novel and delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, reveling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With a striking intensity and relevance to us today, the novel is testimony to the struggles of France’s underclass and how far they must go to survive.
The series is a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC and Masterpiece. Weinstein TV was a co-producer when the production was first announced and was set to distribute in the U.S. and China. Since the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, they were dropped as a producing partner.
Les Misérables has been made into a French musical, then a Broadway hit. It was recently made into a feature film starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, and Anne Hathaway as Fantine, winning three Academy Awards that year.