Four New Film Stills from ‘Les Miserables’

USA Today has just debuted the first official film stills from Les Miserables! There are three new images featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean (including one alongside Russell Crowe’s Javert and another featuring young Cosette), plus another version of the photograph Hugh revealed on his Twitter a few months ago. Along with the stills were a few anecdotes, which you can read below:

• Russell Crowe returns to his musical theater roots as Javert, who spends years in pursuit of ex-prisoner Valjean. Says noted impresario Cameron Mackintosh, who has been trying to make Les Miserables into a film since the late ’80s, “I thought Hugh and Russell would be marvelous together, two Aussie guys who would be so complementary to each other.”

• Eight years after breaking parole, Valjean has reinvented himself as wealthy businessman Monsieur Madeleine. Hugh Jackman, who first found fame on stage in a 1998 London production of Oklahoma!, has wanted to do a movie musical for years. “Chicago was one I turned down, and it was probably stupid,” Jackman tells USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna, explaining he didn’t feel old enough to play Billy Flynn. Now, he says, “I can’t believe I got this one.”

• Valjean fears that Javert recognizes him in his new guise. Jackman explains the universal appeal of Les Miserables, which has been seen on stage by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages: “It’s about the human spirit and the ability to become the best version of ourselves no matter what the odds. That is something we can all relate to.”

• Keeping his vow to Fantine, Valjean rescues the young Cosette (Isabelle Allen) and raises her. “One of the scenes I’ve seen in the rushes that just breaks my heart is Hugh finding little baby Cosette in the woods all covered in snow,” says producer Cameron Mackintosh. “It is one of the most haunting things I’ve seen.”