added: Sat, Dec 22nd '12
Christmas competition is heating up so much that Universal Pictures decided to drop one final trailer for their musical epic "Les Miserables," (out on Dec 25th). While previously-released clips featured the singing talents of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe, this new trailer takes the opportunity to showcase the vocal pipes of newcomer Samantha Barks, who incidentally makes her feature film debut co-starring as the lovesick outcast Eponine. Here, the singer/stage actress is seen crooning the iconic song "On My Own." Check it out, above.
Interesting note: Banks is actually very familiar with the role of Eponine. In 2011, she earned the chance to portray the tragic character in the acclaimed London stage production. So, when it came for director Tom Hopper to choose his version of Eponine, he picked Banks over a long list of high-profile contenders, which included Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson, and Lea Michele. Here's an interesting featurette that has Banks discussing about winning her part in the movie.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption -- a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
directed by Tom Hooper
starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks, Isabelle Allen
release date December 25, 2012