As was to be expected after the release of individual posters for main characters Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, today we have the bills for Anne Hathaway’s Fantine, as well as Amanda Seyfried’s Cosette, thus filling most of the top roles from the musical.
Given the popularity of the characters, it’s quite possible that we shall have posters for Eddie Redmayne’s Marius, Samantha Bark’s Eponine and perhaps Aaron Tveit’s Enjolras. I do wonder if they’ll make individual posters for the Thénardiers, whom are played by top billed actors Helena Bonham-Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen (that’s an interpretation I’m dying to see!).
Fantine and Cosette’s posters do bring forth something I was dreading: the utter lack of resemblance between them, which shall make the familial bond unlikely to be believed. Yet, both actresses have been chosen by their musical experience and the quality of their voices (as well as adding famous names to the cast, a common practice for any Hollywood production).
We’ve heard Hathaway sing before in movies such as Ella Enchanted (2004) and, most recently, in the animated feature Rio (2011). We’ve also had a sneak peak to her title song in the trailer previously released for Les Misérables, and her performance -both as an actress and singer- leaves nothing to be desired.
In Seyfried’s case, we’ve seen her take the lead role in Mamma Mia! (2008), and, although I’m not quite fond of her acting, I must admit her voice is quite lovely, so she might be a good choice for Cosette.
Fantine has been played before by Rose Laurens, Patti Lupone, Randy Graff and Lea Salonga; whilst Cosette has been played by Marianne Mille, Frances Ruffelle and, most recently, Katie Hall.