PBS released one of the first trailers for “Les Miserables,” the network’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The new adaptation will be a six-part limited series, and it features an extensive cast of favorites.
This version won’t be a musical, it will be more of a traditional adaptation of the original 19th century novel. The mini-series stars Dominic West as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo as police inspector Javert, Lily Collins as Fantine, and Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as the Thénardiers.
The story has been retold time and time again, but one of the most recent adaptations was a musical in 2012 directed by Tom Hooper. That screenplay was written by William Nicholson and starred Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eddie Redmayne. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Production Design. Anne Hathaway took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Production Design. The film was also nominated for five Golden Globe Awards that year, including a win for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and a win each for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
The network teased the video on YouTube stating, “Where there is love, there is hope. An epic new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s iconic Les Misérables, coming to MASTERPIECE on PBS.” Fans of the story can watch the trailer below.
We don’t have an exact premiere date for the special limited-series but more information will be announced at a later date. As for now, we have the trailer and we know that it will be premiering on PBS’ Masterpiece.