Les Misérables Official International Trailer

Universal Pictures has released an official international trailer for Tom Hooper‘s big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the film tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

About the Story

In 1815, convict Jean Valjean is released on parole by prison guard Javert after serving a nineteen-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread and numerous escape attempts. Valjean is refused employment and driven out of every town because of his paroled status. He is offered food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne, but Valjean steals his silver during the night. When he is captured by the authorities, the Bishop tells them that the silver was given as a gift, securing Valjean’s release. The Bishop urges Valjean to do something worthwhile with his life. Moved by the Bishop’s grace, Valjean breaks his parole and vows to start a new life under a new identity.

Les Misérables Official International Trailer

Eight years later, Valjean has become a factory owner and mayor of Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, while Javert has been assigned as his new chief of police. In their initial meeting, Javert recognizes but cannot place his face, but suspects who Valjean is after witnessing him lift a heavy cart to free a trapped man. Meanwhile, Fantine, one of Valjean’s workers, is discovered by the other women working there to send money to her illegitimate daughter, Cosette, who lives with the unscrupulous Thénardiers and their daughter Éponine.

The foreman, angry that Fantine has spurned his advances, dismisses her for promiscuity. In a desperate attempt to support her daughter, Fantine sells her hair and teeth and eventually becomes a prostitute. She is arrested by Javert after attacking an abusive customer, but is saved by Valjean, who has her hospitalized and watches over her.

Later, Valjean learns that a man believed to be him has been arrested. Because of this, Javert tries to resign his duties, but Valjean refuses, saying that he only did his job. Finally unable to accept that an innocent man could be condemned in his place, Valjean reveals his identity to the court. He returns to the hospital, where he promises Fantine that he will look after her daughter before she died.

Les Miserables

Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier)
Screenplay by: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil
Production Design by: Eve Stewart
Cinematography by: Danny Cohen
Film Editing by: Chris Dickens, Melanie Oliver
Costume Design by: Paco Delgado
Set Decoration by: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Art Direction by: Grant Armstrong, Gary Jopling, Hannah Moseley, Su Whitaker
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2012

Related Link: View the Full Production Notes for Les Miserables