In Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s upcoming Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, the filmmaker made the choice to have the actors sing live on set, rather than the customary approach of having them record an album earlier and lip sync to the pre-recorded songs during filming. It’s a risky move, but appears to be one that gave the actors a certain freedom and the ability to express their characters in a very real and raw way. Check out this brief featurette for a behind-the-scenes look.
Les Misérables opens in theatres this Christmas and is primed for a major Oscar push. (Check out my previous post on “5 Reasons Why Anne Hathaway Will be Oscar Nominated for Les Misérables.”)
Set in the future, people don’t age past 25. Individuals must work to earn more time, and precious minutes are currency for everyday items. When one man finds himself with ample time on his hands, he must run from the corrupt police to save his life.
As a self-professed film snob, this is not the sort of film I’d normally find myself watching, as it has two strong marks against it: Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. Still, I admit that the story interests me in the same way that Children of Men (2006) did, though it doesn’t appear that In Time is nearly as good. If it were, it wouldn’t star Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. But anyway.
The movie is directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show), whose next film is the highly anticipated The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan and based on the popular book by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.
Director: Andrew Niccol
Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol
Producers: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Andrew Niccol
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Galecki
Genres: Sci-fi, Thriller
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Official Site: intimemovie.com
Release Date: 10.28.11