Building the anticipation to the Christmas release of "Les Miserables", Universal Pictures reveals a featurette that offers plenty of new scenes as well as a look at the production process of the star-studded musical movie. In it, viewers can see Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Samantha Barks and Anne Hathaway performing some notable songs from the famous Victor Hugo tale.
"It's going to be different, for sure. This is the first time anyone has ever tried it like this," Hathaway says of the film, which requires its casts to sing live instead of doing post-production recordings.
Eddie Redmayne gushes that he's very touched by Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream", saying, "When I saw the trailer with Anne singing with this extraordinary fragility, that song I thought I knew pretty well... suddenly, I listened to the lyrics for the first time, afresh."
Jackman also has nothing but good words for the film's musical process. "The idea of singing live is daunting, but what it gives you is freedom," he says. "I can take a break, I can move on, I can speed up, I can slow it down - which means I just have to worry about acting it."
Agreeing with her co-stars' opinions, Seyfried gushes, "It's so much powerful. You have complete freedom and complete control. When you're doing a love scene as an actor, you just wish there was music to help you get there. Now you hear the piano in your ears. Now you're there with the music. It almost makes you cry."
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, "Les Miserables" tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
It focuses on ex-prisoner Valjean (Jackman) who is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjen agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter Cosette (Seyfried), their lives change forever.
The Tom Hooper-directed movie will be released in the U.S. on December 25.