The new poster for Les Misérables looks familiar

I'll include just a tease here, but Universal has released a new poster for its epic-looking Les Misérables -- and it's a new take on an old image. Head to the movie's official site for the full look (or The Hollywood Reporter for a smaller version), and compare it to the classic poster for the Broadway show. Rather than try to sell us on the movie's huge stars, Universal went with selling the musical and chose Isabelle Allen, who plays the young Cosette (Amanda Seyfried's character), to step into the classic pose. I think that's pretty classy, don't you? (via The Hollywood Reporter)


  1. I’m sure some marketing droid  calculated the precise percentage of additional viewers they’d attract if they included links to the original show in their advertising.

    1. A beautiful homage is no less beautiful because it was created in the interest of attracting extra eyeballs…

  2. Movie poster based on the Broadway poster, which was itself based on the Émile Bayard illustration from the original edition of Hugo’s book… That pic has been around…

    1.  It would be nice if something like that image had been Hugo’s first inspiration for the novel, too – something that happened with The French Lieutenant’s Woman. John Fowles kicked off with an image of a woman in a dark cloak and hood looking back from the end of the Cobb at Lyme Regis, wrote the book to figure out her story, and that original image (now portrayed by Meryl Streep) became one of the posters of the movie.

  3. Hope the appearance of a Hollywood version of the film means we’ll see Claude Lelouch’s film, somewhat loosely based on the novel, back on telly & dvd. It’s great.

    1. this is just me, but i’ve read the book (not the abridged version, the full version) three times so far in my life, and i think the musical is definitely worth both the time and the money. to be able condense such a rich story into something that lasts and has such broad appeal is laudatory to me. i like to think Hugo would have approved. i’m definitely looking forward to this adaptation.

  4. I really like the photograph and the implicit homage to the musical’s graphic image. I’ve seen the musical a couple of times (long ago) and loved it.

  5. Reminds me of one of the most biting lines from Forbidden Broadway (sing it to I Dreamed a Dream):

    “Come watch us grovel in the dirt
    Then buy a souvenir and don it
    Rich folks pay twenty bucks a shirt
    That has a starving pauper on it ”

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