Move over Anne Hathaway, there’s a new Fantine in town.
BBC One and Masterpiece have announced the casting for their new adaptation of the classic Les Miserables and it includes Lily Collins, David Oyelowo & Dominic West. The six-part drama from Andrew Davies will be directed by Tom Shankland and will not be a musical version.
Collins will play Eponine, Oyelowo will play Javert and West will play Jean Valjean. Rounding out the cast are Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Josh O’Connor as Marius and Erin Kellyman as Éponine.
Collins shared her excitement on Instagram with a group photo saying, “After having to keep this a secret, I couldn’t be more thrilled or honored to finally announce my involvement in this new project! I’ll be joining @DavidOyelowo and #DominicWest in @bbcone’s #LesMiserables playing the iconic character Fantine. What an absolute dream to be working with this incredible ensemble on such a legendary story. I’m still pinching myself.”
Production is set to begin next month in Belgium and Northern France. We can’t wait to see this new version of Les Miserables.