Folks, we have our first look at the BBC‘s six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo‘s classic novel Les Misérables, this time from deeply renowned screenwriter Andrew Davies.
And yes, as the headline says – it’s not a musical so for those who absolutely hated the 2012 version – here ya go.
Considering the BBC are pretty good with classic adaptations I’d say we’re in mighty good hands.
Not to mention Davies has writing credits on the elite 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth, Netflix‘s House of Cards, the 2008 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, and the ever so iconic Bridget Jones’s Diary series.
If it’s been a hot second since you’ve cracked open the novel, the very skeletal gist is Jean Valjean is released on parole after 19 years in prison and despite a little but fateful blip, becomes a good and honest man and mayor and successful factory owner. All is well until that blip comes after him in the form of Javert, the police inspector who is absolutely hellbent on bringing Valjean in.
The impressive cast for the BBC series includes Dominic West as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert, Lily Collins (!!!) as Fantine, Adeel Akhtar as Thenardier, queen Olivia Colman as Madame Thenardier, Ellie Bamber as Cosette, and Josh O’Connor as Marius.
Yeah look, not a bloody bad cast.
Peep the trailer below.
Speaking of the 2012 version though, excellent man Hugh Jackman recently announced a whole goddamn 2019 arena tour full of tunes from his most iconic roles. I’m talking Les Mis and The Greatest Showman.
Lock it in folks, lock it in.