Hathaway officially joins the cast of the musical adaptation. Back in August it was revealed that Anne Hathaway was in talks for Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables,’ now Deadline has confirmed that the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ actress has closed her deal to join the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic. Set in the years leading up to and during the French rebellion, the story follows the lifelong cat and mouse pursuit of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) by the uncompassionate police Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Hathaway will play Fantine, a struggling single mother, rejected by society and forced to become a prostitute. Hooper’s ‘The Kings Speech’ stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham are in talks to play the greedy Thenardiers, In 1998 Rush played Inspector Javert in a non-musical adaptation of the novel. Hayden Panettiere, Lucy Hale, Emma Watson and Miranda Cosgrove are reportedly vying for the roles of Eponine and Cosette. Production is slated to start in February 2012 with a screenplay penned by William Nicholson.