By Susan Shannon McCreadie
There is more casting news this week for the latest version of “Les Misérables,” set to hit the big screen as early as December of this year. Fans of TV’s “Gossip Girl” may be happy to see Aaron Tveit has been cast as Enjolras in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical. He joins what is looking to be an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Russell Crowe in the role of Inspector Javert. Recent rumors have Amanda Seyfriend playing Cosette, and a possible turn by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier.
Hooper’s most recent work includes the Academy Award winning “The King’s Speech” and the mini-series “John Adams” made for HBO. In a recent interview with the BBC, the director revealed that there will be new music written for the film by the original composer. He’s also decided to have the actors sing their songs “live” while filming scenes. Typically, songs are recorded in advance and the actors lip-sync when shooting their scenes. This different approach will allow the director to have the actors move in and out of song, having them speak some lines in between sung ones. The theory being that this will bring a more realistic feeling to the genre.