Actor Hugh Jackman is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in director Tom Hooper's forthcoming movie, which is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables'. Jackman, 42, is most likely to reprise the role of Jean Valjean, the intrepid protagonist on the run during the French Revolution.
'Les Miserables' is all about Jean Valjean, who steals bread to feed his sister and spends the ensuing years in prison while also becoming the guardian of a young woman named Cosette, all against the backdrop of a 19th century French rebellion. If he closes a deal, Jackman would be the first to officially go on board.
This yet-to-be titled film will be produced by Cameron Mackintosh. William Nicholson penned the script based on the Mackintosh-produced film. The 1998 bigscreen version of Hugo's novel starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman and managed only USD 14 million at the domestic box office.