Hey! Did you cats know that Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is bringing the musical Les Miserables to the big screen (more exciting possibility? If Tobe Hooper were directing)? It’s true! And Hugh Jackman is attached. He’s going to play Jean Valjean. Jackman is also reportedly pushing Hooper to sign Hathaway for Fantine, the unwed mother of Cosette. I don’t know who those people are, but my wife once had a dog named Cosette, and now I think I know why.
Anyway, that’s the rumor, according to Empire, and it leaves on scratching their head wondering why Hathaway is so sought after despite a run of mediocre to bad flicks (save for Rachel Getting Married). I like her, her accent in One Day notwithstanding, but why does her name continue to come up first for choice roles for women in the late 20s/early 30s? Is there no one else?
And I suppose the reality is: No. Not really. Most of the established actresses with box-office credibility are older now, and when you’re forced to look younger, the big names start to run dry. What are they going to do? Get Amber Heard? Katherine Heigl? For a prestige role? Basically, Oscar caliber actresses in their 20s are limited to Carey Mulligan (little box-office appeal, so far), Ellen Page (who is not leading woman material), Natalie Portman (presumably on hiatus), and Keira Knightley, who is not allowed to work near fans, lest she blow away. There’s also Michelle Williams, but she is too busy taking all the plum indie roles.
So, frankly: Yes. Anne Hathaway is the best box-office and actressin’ threat that Hollywood can put forward right now. And she’ll even do nudity, y’all.