Russell Crowe duels with Hugh Jackman as Anne Hathway howls with horror in dramatic new Les Miserables trailer
08:05 GMT, 9 November 2012
Their legions of female fans often face-off over who is Australia's hottest silver screen hunk.
And it looks like Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman will settle the matter once and for all when they face off in forthcoming musical Les Miserables.
The dynamic duo look are shown indulging in potentially lethal swordplay in the latest trailer for the forthcoming film, which also features Anne Hathaway.
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The stick is mightier than the sword: Hugh Jackman looks set to test this theory against Russell Crowe in the new Les Miserables trailer
Not very pleased: It looks like Anne Hathaway's prostitute character Fantine does not like her short back and sides look
They are playing bitter enemies, who were designed to be polar opposites by Victor Hugo, the author of the 1862 novel.
Hugh plays Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread who breaks his parole and must flee from Russell's police Inspector Javert.
As a classic novel that was turned into a much loved play, it now seems Miserables is set to become a smash hit movie, if the new trailer is anything to go by.
Box office draw: Russell's Gladiator training will have come in handy for his sword fight with his fellow Australian
Time for a retreat: Hugh's character Jean Valjean tries to run away from his foe police Inspector Javert
Strong arm of the law: Russell's character is regarded as one of the most tragic legalists in Western literature due to his strict adherence to the law
For unlike the initial trailer, which only featured Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed A Dream, the new teaser showcases the whole cast.
Hathaway plays troubled French factory worker Fantine who is forced to sell her hair and become a prostitute in order to survive.
At one stage in the preview, Hathaway is seen weeping as she has her long locks chopped.
The actress actually had her hair cut off in the film and is also thought to have gone on a controversial 500-calorie-a-day crash diet where she shed a stone in 20 days.
Feeling better: Anne's character is in better cheer when she finds herself in the lap of luxury
Russell also features heavily, with Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmaye and Sacha Baron Cohen all making appearances.
And some of the musical's most famous tunes also make appearances during the 2.37minute video.
and Hugh lustily belt out a version of One Day More, while the cast
also warbles its way through Do You Hear The People Sing
Jolly good fellow: Hugh's character lives up to his good intentions by helping out a street girl
Keyboard critics have been heartened King's Speech director Tom Hooper has managed to give his film a different feel to most musical films of recent years.
It boasts picturesque visuals and unusual camera angles thanks to hius trusted director of photography Danny Cohen, who also received an Oscar nod for his work on the 2010 favourite.
The singing is raw and was recorded as the action happened rather than in post-production.
Living it up: Sacha Baron Cohen's thief and innkeeper character Thnardier seems to be a gregarious fellow
Wig wow: Helena Bonham Carter dons yet another fabulously over-the-top hairpiece in the exciting trailer
An unlikely pairing: There are not many people who would have predicted them starring together back in the Ali G days
But fans seem to approve of the that
of perfect pitch due to the gritty nature of the film, which is also
espoused in the costume and production design.
this choice will be as popular when they get to see the finished
product remains to be seen, especially among those expecting the
perfection of a recorded version of the Tony Award winning classic.
The film is slated to be released on Christmas in the United States and January 11 in the United Kingdom.
Seeing something he likes: Eddie Redmayne's character Marius Pontmercy is awestruck when he sees a young beauty in the distance
In full bloom: Amanda Seyfried's Cosette has blossomed into quite the beauty since being saved by Jean
In love: But fans will have to watch the film to discover how Marius' affair with Cosette works out in the end
WATCH HERE: Dramatic new Les Miserables trailer…