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Report: Anne Hathaway to Play Fantine in 'Les Miserables'

August 30, 2011 (8:47 am) GMT
Rumor has it, Hugh Jackman is the one who recommended the Catwoman of 'The Dark Knight Rises' to take on the role in the film adaptation of the Broadway play.
Anne Hathaway

may make a leap from superhero film to Broadway adaptation. According to Broadway World, the actress who is currently taking the role of Catwoman in "" is attached to the role of Fantine in Tom Hooper-directed "".

The 28-year-old beauty allegedly got the role out of recommendation by , who has previously been tapped to take on the male lead role Jean Valjean. She herself has proven that she can tackle "On My Own" from Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical when co-hosting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

"Les Miserables" is based on a 1862 novel of the same title by Victor Hugo. It centers on the struggle by ex-con Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert. Its musical version was originally opened in London in 1985 and features such songs as "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring Him Home".

It has been rumored that several A-list stars are being considered to join the project. Words have run wild that is eyed to play Javert, is considered to star as Thenardier, and is wanted to portray Madame Thenardier. , and are also listed as the candidates for Eponine and Cosette.

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