Les Miserables Trailer: Anne Hathaway Dreamed a Dream [Video]

An official teaser trailer has been recently released for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of producer Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables stage musical.

Les Miserables,” director Tom Hooper’s follow-up to “The King’s Speech,” is a star-studded affair, but only one marquee player gets center stage in the film’s first teaser: Anne Hathaway.

The first trailer for “Les Misérables” debuted online Wednesday, giving us a possibility to imagine and to realize what to expect.

Actually, there’s one big talking point coming out of the clip: the actress Anne Hathaway. And while she sports a rougher look in Hooper’s flick, fans will see her as Catwoman when exclusive footage from “The Dark Knight Rises” debuts at the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

In the musical, based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Anne Hathaway performs Fantine in Universal Pictures’ and Working Title Films’ upcoming film adaptation, writes The Hollywood reporter.

In the just-released trailer, Hathaway’s quiet powerful voice runs throughout the video, which also shows the French countryside, the poverty and hopelessness of life there, and also a better look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.

The teaser also features such famous stars as Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Russell Crowe as Javert and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. The list of cast also includes Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

“I pinch myself every time I am on set doing this movie. Once it is on celluloid, it will be a highlight of my career,” Amanda recently said of filming the role of Cosette.

“If you are miming to a playback, even if the synchronization is done very well, there is a part of you that knows something is off, something is false,” Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, says.

“When it’s live, you believe it so much more. The actors have complete freedom rather than following a recording done three months before.”

As for Anne Hathaway, who plays Cosette’s self-sacrificing mother, Fantine, she is singing the ballad I Dreamed a Dream.

“Anne has been an extraordinary exponent of singing live,” Hooper says. “Her I Dreamed aDream is just jaw-dropping. It is so raw and heartfelt. It’s done in a way you could never do in playback.”

However, although the challenges may seem to be greater for actors to sing take after take, the benefits are plentiful, claims The USA Today.

“When you are doing miming, 60% of your energy is just doing it correctly,” said Jackman, who had to lip-sync his way through a 1999 TV film of Oklahoma! “Even though it is your performance, you don’t feel you are in charge of it.”

Meanwhile, Seyfried, who mimed her songs in Mamma Mia! musical, is fond of the different approach in Les Mis: “The cool thing is, no one has been tested this way before. We all are doing something revolutionary.”

But the actress has to be more disciplined about protecting her voice. “You have to sing every day,” she said.

“You can’t abandon it. Seriously, it is a lot of herbs. A lot of singing in the shower. No cigarettes. Very little alcohol if you can deal with it. You’ve got to be careful with cheese. It is intense, living as a singer.”

The new movie tells the story of a paroled prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman) who takes in Fantine’s (Hathaway) illegitimate daughter Cosette (Seyfried) and raises her.

At the same time, his freedom is threatened by Inspector Javert (Crowe), who does everything possible and impossible to send Valjean back to prison.

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