David Oyelowo to star and executive produce mini-series adaptation of “Les Misérables”

A small screen take on one of the greatest novels of all time.

Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault scandal has caused BBC to make some changes to the production of its mini-series adaptation of “Les Misérables”. The Weinstein Company had been initially slated as partners for the TV Adaptation of the pop culture phenomenon, but not anymore. With Weinstein out, a couple things are changing, one of such changes is the inclusion of British actor David Oyelowo to the cast of the six-part series expected to kick-off production in Belgium and Northern France by February.


Writer and producer, Andrew Davies who believes he can do the classic novel “real justice at last” has confirmed that unlike the 2012 movie adaptation, the BBC mini-series won’t be a musical. His script, based on Victor Hugo’s classic book, will tell the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict struggling to escape the shadow of his past life. And his relentless pursuit by the chilling Inspector Javert character David Oyelowo is expected to play in “Les Misérables” adaptation.

Other cast members joining David Oyelowo on the set of the BBC drama include Lily Collins as Fantine, Dominic West as Jean Valjean, Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur and Olivia Colman as Madame Thénardier. With a 6-hour long series, we can expect that some of the depth of the story which doesn’t fully come to light on stage will be revealed by Andrew Davies, David Oyelowo, West and the rest of the crew for the BBC “Les Misérables” mini-series.

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