Monday, October 15, 2012

New Hi-Res Les Miserables Posters!

Four new posters for Les Miserables have been released!

These GORGEOUS posters feature the four headliners: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathway. Each poster depicts one of the actors with a line from one of their characters' songs.

I realized I've been blogging a lot about Les Mis, but I haven't given much background on the show for my readers who aren't familiar with the story, so I've included little character descriptions with each of the posters. No spoilers, I promise.

First is Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.
The tagline on this poster is "Freedom is Mine," which is from Valjean's song "On Parole."
Look at that steely glare. 

Valjean is the protagonist of Les Miserables. In the very beginning he is released from 19 years of slavery, which he was unjustly condemned to for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. Valjean can't find any work as a paroled convict #24601, so he tears up his yellow parole card and conceals his identity to start a new life and live as an honest man. Les Miserables follows 17 years of his life.

Next is Russell Crowe as Javert.

Javert is a police inspector who is obsessed with finding the escaped convict, Jean Valjean, who he refers to as "Prisoner 24601." He pursues Valjean throughout the entire show. Javert's character is defined by his intense desire for truth and justice. If we were to put labels on the characters, Javert would technically be the villain of the story, but he's so well-drawn that I actually come to really like him. His big solo number, "Stars" is incredible. You only have to hear that song to understand his entire character. Check out Norm Lewis' performance at the 25th Anniversary Concert.

Next is Amanda Seyfried as Cosette.
Her tagline reads "Heart Full of Love," from the duet she sings with Marius, "A Heart Full of Love."
Geez, Amanda. Leave some beauty for the rest of us... Isn't she beautiful?

Cosette is Fantine's daughter. Since her mother can't afford to take care of her, she is sent to the custody of the Thenardiers, an abusive inn-keeper couple. Young Cosette is rescued from the Thenardiers by Valjean, who adopts her and raises her like a daughter. Years later, when she is grown up, Cosette meets and falls in love with Marius Pontmercy, one of the student revolutionaries.

And finally we have Anne Hathaway as Fantine.
Her poster has the tagline "I Dreamed A Dream," the most famous song from Les Mis.

Fantine is a factory worker who loses her job and becomes a prostitute to pay the Thenardiers for the welfare of her daughter, Cosette.

I can't get over how much Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried look like mother and daughter in these posters! Check them out side-to-side:

These posters are simply stunning. This is a promising glimpse at one of the Oscar season's most highly-anticipated films.

71 Days until it's released, but who's counting?

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