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Lily Collins and Dominic West to star in BBC's 'Les Miserables'

Lily Collins and Dominic West to star in BBC's 'Les Miserables'”

News has reported that an all-star cast will be leading the BBC small screen Les Miserables series. David Oyelowo of "Selma" will play Javert.

The script will be penned by period drama veteran Andrew Davies, whose previous credits include celebrated adaptations of War and Peace, Little Dorrit, and Pride and Prejudice.

Dominic West, best-known nowadays for his work on The Affair, will star as Jean Valjean, the heroic prison runaway whose personal story runs throughout the entire plot, while David Oyelowo (Spooks) will take on the part of Valjean's nemesis, fanatic police inspector Javert.

Set to begin production in February, West will take on the role of Jean Valjean, what he called "one of the greatest characters in world literature".

Actor and model Lily Collins has been cast as tragic factory worker Fantine, while Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman will play venal innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, the Radio Times reports.

Bafta Rising Star nominee Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country) will portray Cosette's love interest Marius with Erin Kellyman (Raised by Wolves) playing Éponine.

Photos taken from the first read-through give a first glimpse of what 28-year-old Miss Collins, West and Oyelowo will look like together, while another showed Davies's script.

BBC recently dropped the Weinstein Co.as a producer on the series.

Set in 1832, the production will draw from Hugo's novel rather than the musical version of the story, which hit the big screen in 2012 with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway among the stars.

The series will now be produced as a collaboration between BBC Studios, Lookout Point and BBC Worldwide.



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