Eddie Redmayne may have just spent a "Week with Marilyn" -- but is he ready to spend the 19th century with Hugh Jackman?
That was a rhetorical question, of course, because the answer is yes, as Deadline is reporting that Redmayne has just signed on to play the role of Marius opposite Jackman in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the beloved musical "Les Miserables."
Viva la bleu, blanc et Redmayne!
Unless you've been imprisoned in a French dungeon for the last 19 years, you probably already know all about Victor Hugo's epic "Les Miserables," but here's as concise a synopsis as we can possibly do for a three hour musical based on a 1500 page novel: An ex-con named Jean Valjean (Jackman) tries to atone for his crimes while being pursued by a fanatical cop (Russell Crowe) and ends up getting entangled with a bunch of creeps, hookers and revolutionaries, much to his detriment.
So where does Redmayne come in? Well, the up-and-coming star, who has recently been receiving a bunch of Oscar buzz for his role opposite Michelle Williams in the upcoming period film "My Week with Marilyn," plays an idealist named Marius who ends up falling in love with Valjean's adopted daughter. While that role has yet to be cast, there's a pretty good chance whoever lands the role will have some major chops as well; besides Jackman and Crowe, "Les Miserables" also stars Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway and is being directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech").
Redmayne and a bunch of Oscar winning, multi-talented stars in a big budget production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time? That doesn't sound so miserable to us after all.