David Oyelowo, Lily Collins and Dominic West cast in the BBC’s Les Misérables miniseries
David Oyelowo (Selma), Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Dominic West (The Wire) have signed on to star in the BBC’s upcoming six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic novel Les Misérables, according to Variety. West will play Jean Valjean, a French criminal convicted of stealing a loaf of bread and sentenced to jail. He spends his life trying to do good works, yet is pursued by Inspector Javert (Oyelowo) for a parole violation. Collins will star as Fantine, a woman who has sacrificed everything for her young daughter Cosette (Ellie Bamber). The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Josh O’Connor as Marius, and Erin Kellyman as Éponine.
Andrew Davies (War & Peace) will go back to the novel and delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, reveling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With a striking intensity and relevance to us today, the novel is testimony to the struggles of France’s underclass and how far they must go to survive.
The series is a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC and Masterpiece. Weinstein TV was a co-producer when the production was first announced and was set to distribute in the U.S. and China. Since the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, they were dropped as a producing partner.
Les Misérables has been made into a French musical, then a Broadway hit. It was recently made into a feature film starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, and Anne Hathaway as Fantine, winning three Academy Awards that year.
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