AceShowbiz - %cAnne Hathaway% is officially tapped to star in "Les Miserables". The actress, who will appear as Catwoman in highly anticipated superhero film "The Dark Knight Rises", has nabbed the coveted role of Fantine, a Parisian grisette who is abandoned with a small child by her lover Felix Tholomyes.
Rumors that Hathaway will join the Broadway adaptation first emerged in August. She was reportedly recommended by %cHugh Jackman%, who was at that time had already been cast to play leading man Jean Valjean. Another actor who has been lined up for the musical film is %cRussell Crowe% who will portray Javert, a fanatic police inspector.
Based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same title, "Les Miserables" centers on the struggle by ex-con Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert. The original play was opened in London back in 1985. It featured popular songs like "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring Him Home".
More A-listers have reportedly been rumored to join the movie project. Words are, %cGeoffrey Rush% is considered to star as Thenardier, and %cHelena Bonham Carter% is eyed to play Madame Thenardier. %cHayden Panettiere%, %cLucy Hale% and %cEmma Watson% are also listed as the candidates for either Eponine or Cosette.
The movie will be directed by "The King's Speech" helmer Tom Hooper, with William Nicholson penning the script. Universal Pictures has scheduled the film to be released on December 7, 2012, just in time for next year's Oscar race.