Russell Crowe to star opposite Hugh Jackman in ‘Les Miserables’ film

Producer Cameron Mackintosh hails his 'dream cast'

Russell Crowe has been confirmed to star opposite Hugh Jackman in the forthcoming Les Miserables film.

The Australian actors will take the roles of vengeful Javert and reformed prisoner Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the hit stage musical, reports Deadline.com.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has hailed the duo has his “dream cast” and revealed he has dreamt about making the movie for 25 years.

He commented:

Not only were they born to play these roles vocally, but they thrillingly inhabit this great score.

The Working Title film has been pencilled in for a December 2012 release.

Les Miserables, an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century French novel, opened in Paris in 1980 before moving to London five years later.

It has gone on to become the third-longest running Broadway show in history after opening in New York in 1987, with the likes of Michael Ball, Colm Wilkinson and Matt Lucas appearing in various casts of the show.