The BBC have announced the cast list for their forthcoming TV adaptation of Les Misérables, with Dominic West, Lily Collins and David Oyelowo among the series’ big-name stars.
The new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel is being helmed by Andrew Davies, with filming on the six-part TV series set to commence in Belgium and France next month.
The BBC have now announced the leading names who will front Les Misérables, with The Wire star Dominic West set to play Jean Valjean while Lily Collins will star as Fantine.
Selma star David Oyelowo will play Valjean’s nemesis Javert, with Erin Kellyman (Eponine) and Olivia Coleman also set to play prominent roles in the new drama.
Ensemble cast for @BBCOne's #LesMisérables to include @DominicWest, David Oyelowo, and @LilyCollins. Plus @AdeelAkhtar1234, Olivia Colman, @Ellie_Bamber, @JoshOConnor15 and Erin Kellyman: https://t.co/HfBHnKmwTG pic.twitter.com/E4ySBWI8rE
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Speaking about playing Fantine, Collins said: “I’m so thrilled to be playing Fantine. Andrew’s wonderful dramatisation opens up the character in fresh ways that I’ve never seen before in previous adaptations.”
Oyelowo added: “To play an iconic role like Javert is any actor’s dream, but to play it as written by Andrew Davies goes beyond my wildest dreams.”
The 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables starred Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne, and picked up three Academy Awards the following year.
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