Jun 10, 2012

"I Dreamed a Dream" Dec 14, 2012

by Marsha Ward

The iconic logo

I am thrilled, almost beyond words, that the musical version of the stage production of Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misérables, is being brought to film at last.

Hugh Jackman as the Mayor and factory owner (aka Jean Valjean)
I have waited for this day to comeoh wait, it hasn't come yet! However, I believe principal filming has been completed. The premiere will be December 14, 2012, and the film will be in theaters by Christmas. What a great present!

Russell Crowe as Javert (yes, he can sing)
Featuring a stellar cast of actors who can actually sing, with the original theatrical producer, Cameron Macintosh, behind the scenes, and director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) at the helm, this production should be magnificent.

Anne Hathaway (yes, she can sing too) as Fantine, looking like Jean Simmons

I'm very much looking forward to the movie.

24601 - Is that even the same actor? What a great transformation!
Yes, that's Hugh Jackman, getting his convict on. Here's a link to the first trailer. You may want to grab a tissue, or a box of them, before you watch it (yes, even you manly men).

And what does all of this have to do with writing?

Two things: Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo, may possibly be the greatest novel ever written. "Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit." (Yes, I borrowed the description from the Facebook page. It's pretty powerful stuff.)

Secondly, The Curmudgeon wants everyone to know that when you're sobbing your eyes out as you watch that trailer, you're bawling (not balling). I don't even want to attempt an explanation of that latter word.

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In other news, the novel is coming along nicely, I have cover art a-building, and a wonderful Western author has agreed to read Spinster's Folly for a possible blurbif he likes it. I hope he likes it!

I'm also looking for beta readers, so give me a shout out if you're up for that in a month or so.


  1. I am so excited to see the movie at Christmas. Wish I could for my birthday this summer.

  2. Excited for the movie!! Can't wait.

  3. Oh my goodness. My heart goes pitter-pat just reading your title, and I've known the release date for a couple of weeks. The trailer is dazzling. Can't wait.

  4. Wow, she can sing! Yeah, it will be a real tear-jerker. I hope your western author endorses your book, too. Let me know when it's my time.

  5. The movie is going to be fabulous and I can't wait to see it. Thanks for the post! but really, I can't wait to read Spiunster's Folly. I would love to be a beta reader!!! hugs~


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