Russell Crowe Might Play Javert in Les Misérables

DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: Russell Crowe poses ahead of his talk for Durham theatre students at Durham University on June 3, 2011 in Durham, England. (Photo by Tommy Jackson/Getty Images) Photo: Tommy Jackson/2011 Getty Images

Russell Crowe is allegedly "keen" on playing Javert in Tom Hooper's upcoming Les Misérables. He'd be opposite Hugh Jackman's Valjean, which could make this the most ruggedly handsome movie musical ever. (Sorry, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.) Paul Bettany is still in the running for Javert, too, but the idea of Crowe miserably growling "I am the law, and the law is not mocked," or of him and Jackman snarling their ways through "Confrontation," is almost too perfect. Jackman says that Hooper's adaptation includes spoken dialogue, unlike the stage musical, but still! Promising! Now all that's left is casting every other role perfectly. [Daily Mail UK, via Indie Wire]