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Sacha Baron Cohen May Join Les Misérables

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06:  Actor/director Sacha Baron Cohen poses backstage during the People's Choice Awards 2010 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PCA) *** Local Caption *** Sacha Baron Cohen

We still don't know who'll play the pivotal role of Eponine in Tom Hooper's movie version of Les Misérables (even if we know a couple of the big names in contention), but the project may have landed another star for Thenardier, the no-good innkeeper: Sacha Baron Cohen. The Sun originally reported the casting scoop, and EW has confirmed that the comic actor is in talks for the role, which would mark his return to movie musicals after a supporting gig in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. The film already has Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe set to star, but it also might reunite Cohen with Sweeney's Helena Bonham Carter, who's been long-rumored as the favorite to play Madame Thenardier, the wife to Cohen's character. Here's to a flaming good time, Sacha!

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