Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. One of the highlights of my high school experience was taking part in Mr. Ellerbrock's AP History class. He went out of his way to provide extra credit for his genuinely difficult class to broaden the horizons of his students. He would organize field trips to plays, ballets and museums and also constantly had showtunes running during study time. I'm sure most of his students were driven crazy by this, but I wasn't one of them.
It was in this class that I first heard the music from Les Miserables. Now, I don't have the soundtrack or anything, but it's quite a story and the music is pretty damn catchy. Especially this bit:
Anyway, I dig that there's a film adaptation of Les Miserables, the musical, in the works at Working Title and really like the cast they're building, but am not the world's biggest Tom Hooper fan. I mean, he's alright. The King's Speech isn't a bad movie by any means, it's just pedestrian and lot of that feeling comes from the direction.
Hopefully Hooper can somehow inject some spark in his directing style. Like I said, he's got a good cast shaping up with Hugh Jackman in the lead as Jean Valjean. Currently in negotiations, as per THR, to join Mr. Jackman are Russell Crowe (for Javert) and Helena Bonham Carter for Mdm. Thenardier, who is the horrible lady featured in the above number.
You know, that casting doesn't bug me. I'm more worried about Hooper bringing some personality to the movie. Or maybe he should just do his thing. He got an Oscar for it, so what do I know?