Official First Look at Hugh Jackman in LES MISERABLES April 2, 2012 Actor posts photo of himself in character. Over the last couple of weeks paparazzi photos from the set of ‘Les Misérables’ have hit the internet giving us our first look at Tom Hooper-directed adaptation. Now Hugh Jackman has taken to Twitter to release an official image of himself in character as Jean Valjean, the chief protagonist of the film. Click for larger version Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, ‘Les Misérables’ tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), their lives change forever.