New Stills From 'Les Miserables' are Here and They’re Gorgeous

Josh OConnor and Ellie Bamber as Marius and Cosette (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)
Josh OConnor and Ellie Bamber as Marius and Cosette (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

Another set of photos from the upcoming BBC and PBS’ Masterpiece adaptation of Les Miserables has arrived and, much like the first set, everyone looks incredible.

Victor Hugh’s epic novel will be brought to the screen by Andrew Davies, the man behind such period drama hits as Mr. Selfridge, War and Peace, Bleak House, the popular 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s splashy new take on Vanity Fair.

Davies seems particularly keen to bring the story of Les Miserables back to Hugo’s text, given that so many folks the world over only know it from the mega popular Cameron Mackintosh musical.

This is a particularly interesting twist, given the differences between the novel and its more well-known stage adaptation. Hugo’s original text was so long its often sold in an abridged version, even today.

While the first selection of images from the upcoming production showed us stars Dominic West, Lily Collins and David Oyelowo in their roles as Jean Valjean, Fantine and Inspector Javert, these new photos feature an entirely different set of characters. (Hey, it’s a big novel; there’s a lot of story.) This time around, we get our first look at Olivia Colman, Adeel Akhtar, Josh O’Connor and Ellie Bamber in their respective roles along with a couple of new shots of the aforementioned lead trio.

Spoiler alert: They all look great.

Colman and Akhtar play Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, the greedy, devious and self-serving couple who take in Fantine’s daughter Cosette.

Olivia as Madame Thenardier (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)
Olivia Colman as Madame Thenardier (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

The duo is particularly memorable in the musical version of this story, thanks to the “Master of the House” number, but they’re slightly less entertaining and just more generally terrible in Hugo’s novel.

Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thenardier (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)
Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thenardier (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

O’Connor and Bamber play the lovers Marius and Cosette, whose starry-eyed purity is frequently interrupted by the revolution happening in the streets around them. (And in which Marius is intimately involved.)

Josh OConnor and Ellie Bamber as Marius and Cosette (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)
Josh OConnor and Ellie Bamber as Marius and Cosette (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

A new photo of Collins’ delicately beautiful Fantine was also released, which presumably illustrates the character before everything in her life falls apart.

Lily Collins as Fantine Josh OConnor and Ellie Bamber as Marius and Cosette (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)
Lily Collins as Fantine  (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

West and Oyelowo portray enemies Jean Valjean and Inspector Javier, who spend the bulk of their their lives caught in a cat and mouse chase with one another,  as all of France erupts around them.

Dominic West and David Oyelowo as Valjean and Javert  (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)
Dominic West and David Oyelowo as Valjean and Javert  (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Lookout Point for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

The six-part miniseries doesn’t have an airdate yet on either side of the pond, but it seems unlikely we’ll see it before some point in 2019.

What do you think of the look of this new Les Mis? Let’s discuss in the comments.