Les Miserables film to be shot in Portsmouth

STAGE TO SCREEN Hit musical Les Miserables is being made into a film
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HOLLYWOOD has come calling in Portsmouth to find hundreds of men to appear as extras in the blockbuster film Les Miserables.

Scenes for one of the most hotly-anticipated big screen adaptations ever will be filmed in the city and men of all shapes and sizes are needed alongside leading men Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

The Australian actors will take the lead roles in the film musical, which has been adapted from the much-loved Victor Hugo novel about poverty, love, heartache and revolution in 19th France.

Location scouts are looking at Portsmouth and Winchester sites and casting begins on Saturday at The Langstone Student Village, Furze Lane, off Locksway Road, Milton.

Casting agent Wayne Berko, from Uni-Versal Extras, said: ‘We’re looking for anyone over the age of 16 to play a variety of different roles, from peasant to military guys, in 19th century France.

‘We’re looking for guys who perhaps have military experience, people whose hair isn’t too funky and clearly not from that era. You’ve got to use common sense – if you’ve got purple streaks you’re not going to be used. We are looking to film in Portsmouth and we want to use local people.’

The Historic Dockyard is a likely backdrop for the scenes.

No previous acting experience is necessary and the casting will last only a few minutes while photos, measurements and contact details are taken.

Hundreds are expected at the casting which is 10am to 4pm.

A second casting for men and women will take place at Walton Suite, Winchester Guildhall, on February 26 from 10am to 4pm.

Filming begins in March. The film is released in December.