It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is set to get musical and go French once again. The man who squared off against Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street,” and recently twirled a villainous moustache as the station inspector in “Hugo,” is combining skills from both movies for his latest role.
With shooting gearing up to start in the spring, Tom Hooper continues to build his cast for “Les Miserables” and according to LondonNet, Cohen is now aboard as the innkeeper and thief Monsieur Thenardier. He joins an already bursting at the seams A-list cast which includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne for what will be one of the biggest musicals to hit the screen since…well, “Nine,” but we’d rather forget about that one. The move is not too much of a surprise for Cohen, as it seems he has been keen to show off his singing voice, with a biopic on Freddie Mercury still in the works. And it’s yet another chance for the actor to diversify — he is getting back to his comedic roots with next spring’s “The Dictator,” but also has a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained.”
Still more roles to be slotted, most notably that of Eponine with recent reports revealing that Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood are in the mix for the part. “Les Miserables” is currently slated for a December 7, 2012 release.