After months of speculation, Anne Hathaway has officially joined Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical, Les Miserables. Her spokesperson confirms a Deadline report that she’ll play Fantine, the tragically abused mother of young Cosette. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have already been cast as the noble Jean Valjean and the heartless Inspector Javert, respectively. Hathaway has demonstrated her vocal talents at Academy Awards ceremonies, once even performing a duet onstage with Jackman when he hosted.

William Nicholson, who co-wrote Gladiator, is writing the script, with the film being targeted for a Dec. 7, 2012 release.

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