New Les Miserables adaptation to hit the small screen


Masterpiece PBS released photos of many of the principal cast members in character for Les Miserables.

A new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is coming to Masterpiece PBS. But don’t start practicing your favorite voice part in “One Day More” just yet.

This won’t be a musical. The six-part series will adapt from the novel; so, it is more of a reimagining of the 1998 film starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes.

Photo Credit: BBC One/Masterpiece

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Masterpiece released the first images of the cast of the new series over the weekend. It will star Dominic West (The Affair) and David Oyelowo (Selma) as the famous adversaries Jean Valjean and Javert respectively. Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) will play Fantine and Adeel Akhtar (Victoria & Abdul) and Olivia Colman (The Crown) will play the Monsieur and Madame Thenardier.

As for perhaps one of the most famous love triangles in literature, Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) will play Eponine, Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) will play Cosette, and Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country) will play Marius.

Masterpiece isn’t dishing on the exact plot just yet. But, screenwriter Andrew Davies will examine “the many layers of Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, set against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.” Tom Shankland, who worked on The City and The City and Luke Cage, will direct.

Photo credit: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE

Photo Credit: BBC One/ Masterpiece

Filming for Les Miserables began back in February of this year. It won’t premiere on Masterpiece PBS until sometime next year.

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Masterpiece PBS is making the adaptation with BBC America. The Weinstein Co. was supposed to be involved with the making of the series. But showrunners scrapped them after Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations blew up. I can’t say I blame them.

Are you looking forward to a non-musical of this classic story?

Source: Deadline