To quote Les Miserables, “I dreamed a dream” that the ambitious movie adaptation of the stage musical would show in IMAX theaters, and it’s happening!
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the Tom Hooper-directed film, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, and Helena Bonham Carter, among others, will be digitally remastered to begin a limited domestic IMAX run in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal the same day as its nationwide domestic release on Dec. 25. The movie will roll out in IMAX theaters internationally starting Jan. 10, 2013.
“Les Miserables is a musical epic that lends itself perfectly to The IMAX Experience,” said Nikki Rocco, the president of distribution at Universal Pictures, in a statement. “Audiences will be immersed in the unforgettable music and breathtaking visuals that only IMAX can provide.” Added Greg Foster, president and chairman of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, “The enhanced visual spectrum and precise, powerful IMAX sound will transport audiences to 19th-century France, where they will feel as if they are there on set as Tom Hooper’s ensemble cast performs Les Mis‘ classic soundtrack.”
The film revolves around the long-suffering Jean Valjean, a former prisoner played by Jackman pursued by police Inspector Javert, played by Crowe, a humble factory worker named Fantine, played by Hathaway, and Fantine’s daughter Cosette, played as an adult by Seyfried.
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