Zut Alors! Russell Crowe Is Inspector Javert In Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, So Let’s Listen To Him Sing

French criminals, stand in awe of Russell Crowe and his fearsome pipes, as Empire Online reported today that the Aussie actor and sometimes pop star has signed on for the role of Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper‘s forthcoming big screen adaptation of Cameron Mackintosh’s big stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s big page ultra-depressing novel Les Miserables. For those of you who have forgotten, this is what Russell Crowe’s singing voice sounds like.

YouTube Preview Image

Right. Well, at least he’s not writing the lyrics this time. For those not familiar with the musical, this is a snippet of what Crowe will be required to sing.

YouTube Preview Image

He’s been in talks for the role for a while, primarily up against Paul Bettany, and he joins a cast that already boasts Hugh Jackman and may soon be joined by Anne Hathaway, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Les Miserables is set during the French revolution and follows the trials and tribulations of Jean Valjean (Jackman), a man who ends up on a chain gang after stealing a loaf of bread to save his family, escapes and reinvents himself as major and business owner, only to find himself relentlessly pursued by the ruthless Inspector Javert and caught up in a doomed revolution.

It’s really, really depressing. But the songs are good!

My main concern is that they’re picking actors with powerful names rather than powerful vocal chords, but if it comes to it then they can always auto-tune the whole thing. While they’re at it, they should get Rebecca Black to play the young Cosette.

“It’s Fri-day, Fri-day, gotta die of tuberculosis on Friii-day.”

I’d watch that.