By IONA KIRBY
The cast of Les Misérables have echoed the haunting tone of their musical movie in a new photo shoot.
And Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the hotly anticipated film, also took the opportunity to open up about starving herself for the role.
The actress shed 25lbs to portray the poverty-stricken factory worker forced to turn to prostitution, and it was no easy task.
She told the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter: ‘I just had to stop eating all for a total of 13 days shooting.’
The 29-year-old shed the weight in two stages: she dropped 10lbs in three weeks before filming, and then 15lbs during production.
But Anne was dedicated from the start – even before she landed the role.
She said: ‘There was resistance because I was between their ideal ages for the parts — maybe not mature enough for Fantine but past the point where I could believably play [Fantine’s daughter] Cosette (portrayed by Amanda Seyfried).
‘And I did what I do when I really want a role: I got fiery and told my agent, “Just get me in the room.”’
The eerie images accompanying the interview see a barefoot Anne lead her co-stars Amanda, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks.
Anne takes centre stage in a stunning scarlet gown which shows off plenty of her porcelain skin thanks to its thigh-high split.
Meanwhile Amanda wore a flowing beige maxi dress and Samantha sported a simple white frock, with the male members of the cast in suits.
Director Tom Hooper admitted to the magazine that the decision to make the movie was ‘a big risk’, as musicals don’t have the best track record in Hollywood.
But he added: ‘Hopefully, it seems like less of a risk now.’
He also explained the decision behind having a seven week-long rehearsal ahead of filming, due in large part to the fact that every take was sung live.