Hugh Jackman in talks to star in `Les Miserables`

Los Angeles: Hugh Jackman is gearing up to play the lead role in a movie adaptation of Victor Hugo`s `Les Miserables` which will be helmed by `King`s Speech` director Tom Hooper.

Jackman, 42, is most likely to play Jean Valjean, the intrepid protagonist on the run during the French Revolution, reported Variety magazine online.

If he closes a deal, Jackman would be the first to officially go on board. The film will be produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

William Nicholson penned the script based on the Mackintosh-produced film. The Victor Hugo novel tells the story of Valjean, a recently released prisoner struggling to survive during the French revolution.

The 1998 bigscreen version of Hugo`s novel starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman and managed only USD 14 million at the domestic Box Office.