Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables role?

June 16th, 2011

Hugh Jackman has been approached to star in 'Les Miserables' as Jean Valjean.

'The King's Speech' filmmaker Tom Hooper - who won a Best Director Oscar for his work on the movie starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter - will direct the project and Hugh is reportedly his top choice to play the man released from prison who re-invents his life and becomes a wealthy factory owner and mayor during the French Revolution.

However, despite Jean Valjean's efforts to move away from his past, police officer Javert is continually on his trail throughout the movie and British actor Paul Bettany has already auditioned for the role.

Gladiator's William Nicholson has written the screenplay for the movie which is being produced by Cameron Mackintosh - who originally put the stage show together - with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

The forthcoming film version of the stage show - which is set to start shooting later this year - will be the first since a 1998 non-musical starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.