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The first teaser trailer for Les Miserables is available, and it focuses on Anne Hathaway, who plays the story's tragic character Fantine. But be warned: You might need a tissue to watch the emotional trailer, which is set entirely to Hathaway singing "I Dreamed a Dream" -- Fantine's heartwrenching number from the hit musical.
Directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), Les Miserables is an all-star adaptation of Cameron McKintosh's monumental musical. It features Hugh Jackman as protagonist Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as antagonist Javert, Hathaway as the doomed Fantine, Eddie Redmayne as the young hero Marius, Amanda Seyfried as Valjean's adopted daughter Cosette and theater actress Samantha Barks as Cosette's rival for Marius' love, Eponine.
If Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" sounds especially heartbreaking, it's because Hooper had the singers perform their songs live on the set, instead of recording them separately in order to be polished in post-production. This tactic is rarely employed in bigscreen musicals -- but we think in this case it just adds to the emotional intensity of the song.
Now it's obvious why Hathaway had to chop off her hair and lose some weight to play the tubercular prostitute desperate to care for her only child. Les Miserables hits theaters this holiday season on Dec. 14.
Watch the trailer!