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Hugh Jackman to play Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'?

June 16, 2011 - Washington

It has emerged that 'X-Men' star Hugh Jackman is Oscar winner director Tom Hooper's first choice to play Jean Valjean in his upcoming flick 'Les Miserables'.

'The King's Speech' filmmaker Hooper will direct the project and Jackman is 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, reports Contactmusic.

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.


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