Victor Hugo's voluminous piece of literature has seen itself time and again brought to life - be it by stage or by screen. Each adaptation of Les Miserables carries with it the characters and their miseries.
The announcements of the nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards, as many before it, have left talent and films off their list that many were surprised to see missing. Perhaps the biggest shockers were in the category for Best Directing.
Anne Hathaway, 30, turned heads when she wore a dramatic black Tom Ford evening gown to the New York City premiere of her upcoming musical version of Les Miserables, directed by The King's Speech Tom Hooper and also starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, but it was neither her puffy black cape nor her hybrid-boot-sandal stilettos that grabbed everyone's attention.
Anne Hathaway, 29, is starting to get a reputation as real Hollywood royalty, and to prove it she did what serious actors often do — shed weight for a role, in this case, her upcoming part as the iconic Fantine in Tom Hooper's remake of the musical, Les Miserables, starring Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Samantha Barks.
It's no secret that Hugh Jackman, 43, is a versatile actor — transforming himself into the super-buff Wolverine of the X-Men franchise time and again between stints of singing and dancing on Broadway, and now that Jackman is filming James Mangold's (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) The Wolverine, he's back sporting his razor-sharp adamantium claws.
Hugh Jackman, 43, may have had a busy year, appearing in four films that came out in 2011 and having three in post-production, including the anticipated Les Miserables — also starring Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen, in which he plays Jean Valjean — but the Aussie hottie doesn't have any trouble kicking back and taking it easy when he's not at the studio.
When The Dark Knight Rises (finally!) hits theaters on July 20, it is fair to say that all eyes will be on Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and, in more ways that one, how well she fits into Selina Kyle's tight-fitting catsuit.
The first trailer for the latest film adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, by director Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar in 2011 for The King's Speech, has made its way to the Internet, and Anne Hathaway sings her heart out as the tragic Fantine in her best rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream.