‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Anne Hathaway signs for ‘Les Miserables’

Hathaway will perform 'I Dreamed A Dream' in the musical adaptation

Anne Hathaway has joined the cast of Les Miserables.

The actress has signed up for the hugely anticipated movie version of the musical, itself based on the 19th century novel by Victor Hugo, about French peasants.

Hathaway has won the coveted role of Fantine, a worker who becomes a prostitute after losing her job. Fantine’s big solo in the musical is ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, which launched the career of Susan Boyle after she performed it on Britain’s Got Talent.

Hathaway joins confirmed cast members Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They will play Jean Valjean and Inspectior Havert respectively. Also in the cast is Helena Bonham Carter, playing Madame Thenardier.

Les Miserables is being helmed by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper for Universal Pictures and Working Title. It is slated for release in December 2012.

Meanwhile, Hathaway is currently filming The Dark Knight Rises, in which she plays Catwoman. The full version of her costume was recently revealed, provoking mass internet hysteria.

Responding to criticism of the initial image, she said: “If you didn’t like the photo, you only see about a tenth of what the suit can do. And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste.”