Ever since the musical version of Les Miserables was first staged, it’s been promoted with an image of the young character Cosette, based on Emile Bayard’s original 19th Century illustration for Victor Hugo’s novel (you can see that below).
Now that the film version of the musical is on its way this Christmas, a new poster has been released which keeps the image of Cosette’s face, but updates it with the actress who plays the child (Isabelle) version of the character, before she grows up into the form of Amanda Seyfried.
It’s a clever way to merge the old and new, and assure fans of the stage version that not everything is being changed for the film.
Here’s the official synopsis: ‘Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The Kings Speechs Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
‘Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemptiona 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 Fantines (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
‘In December 2012, the worlds longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hoopers sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugos epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songsincluding “I Dreamed a Dream, “Bring Him Home, “One Day More and “On My OwnLes Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.’