Amanda Seyfried is in final negotiations to play Cosette in Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) live-action adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel and the stage musical ‘Les Misérables.’ The cast for the film is stellar, it already features Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Sacha Baron Cohen as Monsieur Thenardier, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier. Taylor Swift is apparently in the running for the role of Eponine.

‘Les Misérables’ is scheduled for release December 7th, joining a month stacked with anticipated films in Ang Lee’s ‘Life Of Pi,’ Quentin Tarantino‘s ‘Django Unchained,’ ‘World War Z,’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ and Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ William Nicholson (Gladiator) has written the screenplay for ‘Les Misérables.’ Sir Cameron Mackintosh will produce alongside Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward for Working Title. The synopsis for the musical is below. Source: Deadline.

Jean Valjean, an ex-con, has transformed himself to become mayor and the owner of a factory. But when he is moved to help one of his former workers, Fantine, Valjean’s past is brought to light, and he is forced to abandon everything to run from Javert, the chief of police, dead set on bringing him to justice. Nine years later, Cosette, Fantine’s child, has been raised by Valjean and has fallen in love with Marius, a fighter in the French revolution (after whom another, named Eponine, also pines). With Javert on the hunt and a revolution tearing the city apart, in the end, everyone is forced to question what they’re willing to sacrifice in pursuit of love and justice.