The arrival of Tom Hooper’s anticipated Les Misérables is just on the horizon, getting a festive and Oscar-primed release on Christmas Day in the US, before arriving here in the New Year.

With its all-star cast, and promise of a unique new take on the musical film, with every note sung live on set, it’s deservedly one of the most anticipated films of the year.

We caught a new image of Hugh Jackman last week, following the brilliant new character posters earlier in the month, and now a handful of scans have surfaced from the latest issue of EW, giving us our first look at Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as husband and wife, Thénardier and Madame Thénardier.

“Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.”

Jackman takes the lead alongside Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried, with Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Isabelle Allen, and Bonham Carter completing the terrific cast.

Hooper is directing from a script by William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands), who adapts the original classic novel of the same name by Victor Hugo and the world-famous stage musical.

Les Misérables will be released on Christmas Day in the US, before arriving in the UK on 11th January, 2013, making for the perfect way to start the New Year. I can’t wait; this is going to be beautiful. For now, here are the new image scans, which you can click to enlarge. (Our first look at Baron Cohen and Bonham Carter comes in the third image.)


Source: EW via Emileeid.