Russell Crowe Joins Les Miserables

He's dreamed a dream

Anyone who's heard 30 Odd Foot Of Grunt - and there are a few of you out there - will know that Russell Crowe is a man who takes his music seriously. Robin Hood may have been lighter than hoped on the campfire hey-nonny-nonnying, but the actor is getting the chance to add his five-foot-and-11-inches of vocal grunt to Tom Hooper's big screen version of Les Miserables.

Crowe will be exercising those vocal chords as Inspector Javert. He's le bad guy, the heartless gendarme who relentlessly pursues Hugh Jackman's poverty-stricken Jean Valjean when the latter is paroled from prison after serving 20 years for stealing bread to feed his starving family. Javert is convinced that you're once a thief, always a thief, and so when Valjean disappears and tries to rebuild his life, Javert is determined to track him down. After Robin Hood, it looks like a classic case of 'poacher turned bastard'.

Crowe joins a cast that already boosts Jackman and may soon have Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush scaling its proverbial rampants. Hathaway, another with a larynx to soothe the angels, is reportedly in talks to play Fantine, a struggling Parisian who sells her body to look after her child.

Les Miserables is scheduled for release on December 7, 2012.