David Oyelowo To Star In BBC’s ‘Les Miserables’ Miniseries
David Oyelowo has reportedly been cast in the lead roles in the upcoming BBC mini-series adaptation of “Les Misérables”. He star alongside Dominic West and Lily Colins.
The series is based on Victor Hugo’s iconic literary classic and centers on French convict Jean Valjean (West) and his struggles to escape his past while being hunted for years over a parole violation by Inspector Javert (Oyelowo), set against the backdrop of the uprising of 1832. Collins will star as Fantine.
The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Josh O’Connor as Marius, and Erin Kellyman as Éponine.
Oyelowo’s highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the American biographical drama film Selma (2014). He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Lincoln (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter on the British drama series Spooks (2002–04).
The six-part adaptation of “Les Misérables” will be written by Andrew Davies.