Tom Hooper has already conquered the king's speech, so now he's heading to help out the miserable ones living in 19th century France.
Deadline has the news that Hooper is negotiating to direct a full-blown musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Miserables." The last Hollywood retelling of the story starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, and chose to just adapt the book instead of taking a stab at the musical. Now, it won't be long until "One Day More" is blaring on the big screen.
The news got us thinking about which Hollywood actors might have the chops for a full-on "Les Miserables" movie musical, and we think our line-up is looking pretty solid. Check out our picks past the jump!
Colin Firth as Jean Valjean
Obviously Colin Firth and Hooper work well together after their Oscar-winning turn in "The King's Speech," and Firth's proved his gifts as a singer in "Mamma Mia." It feels like a natural choice for him to star as the convict-turned-hero at the core of "Les Mis," a character that deserves all of the nuance that Firth brings to the table.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Javert
Javert, the police inspector who makes it his life's duty to track down and incarcerate Jean Valjean, is a little bit crazy, a lot a bit fanatic, and one of the absolute best parts of the entire "Les Mis" production. That's why Daniel Day-Lewis, who proved his singing stuff in "Nine" and has delivered deliciously devious turns in "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood," is a perfect choice for the role.
Lea Michele as Éponine
Lea Michele has got the looks and the singing skills to belt out all of the heartbreakingly beautiful songs that Éponine's character has in "Les Miserables." It would also give her a chance to take a step back from "Glee" and Broadway and perform in a more toned-down, Hollywood-style musical production.
Anna Kendrick as Cosette
Before she was Jessica Stanley in "Twilight," Natalie Keener in "Up in the Air" or Stacey Pilgrim in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," Anna Kendrick was best known as a promising young Broadway star and one of the leading ladies of the flick "Camp." She could easily take all the Oscar-nominated acting chops she's developed over the years and bring them back to her singing roots to pull off one killer Cosette.
Zac Efron as Marius
Though he has taken several steps away from his musical past, we somehow doubt that Zac Efron would turn down a chance to play Marius in a big screen adaptation of "Les Miserables," especially as the young hero at the center of the musical. He has finally come into his own enough that he would be a great choice to play a revolutionary hero, despite -- indeed, perhaps because of -- his "High School Musical" past.
What do you think of our casting choices for "Les Miserables"? Who do you think would be best for a big screen production? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter!