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Universal Dreams a Dream of Russell Crowe Starring in Film Adaptation of 'Les Miserables'

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Musical theater people are well known for their emotional investment in their beloved shows. So what will they think of Russell Crowe as a potential Inspector Javert in the film remake of Les Miserables?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the tempermental actor is in talks with Universal and Working Title to join Hugh Jackman and possibly Helena Bonham Carter in the movie, which is scheduled for a December 2012 release.

Broadway aficionados may recall that Javert is the antagonist to the show's lead character, Jean Valjean, who spends most of the play dodging the law after being arrested for stealing bread. The show is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, and is set in nineteenth century France. Jackman is set to play Jean Valjean, and Carter is being considered for the role of Mme. Thénardier, the wife of an innkeeper.

The film will be directed by Tom Hooper.