They may be miserable but they are stunning: Anne Leibovitz releases haunting images of Amanda Seyfried and the cast of Les Miserables

By Chelsea White

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Staring at her on-screen love, Amanda Seyfried is a vision in white in a dark depressing place in iconic photographer Anne Leibovitz's just released photo series of the cast of the upcoming musical drama Les Miserables.

In the December issue of Vogue, the stunning series of images have been dubbed Dreaming a Dream by the photographer and feature the star studded cast - including Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman.

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Love in a hopeless place: Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne were photographed by Anne Leibovitz's as their characters, lovers Cosette and Marius

Love in a hopeless place: Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne were photographed by Anne Leibovitz as their characters, lovers Cosette and Marius

Starring as Cosette, the 26-year-old has been singled out for both a solo portrait and one with co-star Eddie Redmayne - who plays her love Marius.

While many see the French novel turned musical turned feature film, as a tragic tale, the Letter's To Juliette star says the story about an individual's struggles for hope and redemption is more than just a sad talestory.

'The whole thing is really one big love story,' Amanda told Vogue. 'There’s something about Les Mis that makes everyone see the world differently.'

Redemption song: Hugh Jackman plays paroled prisoner Jean Valjean who seeks redemption be looking after a young Cosette, played by Isabella Allen

Redemption song: Hugh Jackman plays paroled prisoner Jean Valjean who seeks redemption be looking after a young Cosette, played by Isabella Allen

Directed by The King's Speech's Tom Hooper, the film follows Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a French peasant and paroled prisoner seeking redemption, who raises Seyfried's character as his own.

Carrying the younger Cosette - played by newcomer Isabella Allen - and wearing a long trench and a top hat, the Wolverine star appears very dapper in Lebovitz's photograph of the film's re-imaging of the early nineteenth-century French story.

Also immortalised in the stunning images is the newly married Anne Hathaway as the tragic factory worker turned prostitute Fantine, who spoke to Vogue about the grueling diet she put herself through to appear near death.

Tragic love: Amanda believes the sad tale is actually about love: 'The whole thing is really one big love story'

Tragic love: Amanda believes the sad tale is actually about love: 'The whole thing is really one big love story'

Near death: Anne Hathaway had to starve herself to play prostitute Fantine, loosing 25 pounds by eating just oatmeal paste

Near death: Anne Hathaway had to starve herself to play prostitute Fantine, losing 25 pounds by eating just oatmeal paste

Anne Hathaway cut off all her hair for the role and dropped 10 pounds before shooting began.

The the actress survived on just two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day to lose another 15lbs during a two-week break in filming.

'I had to be obsessive about it - the idea was to look near death,' she said.

'Looking back on the whole experience - and I don't judge it in any way - it was definitely a little nuts.'

Dreaming a dream: 30-year-old Redmayne plays a brave and in love student while Russell Crowe is the unbending Inspector Javert
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Dreaming a dream: 30-year-old Redmayne plays a brave and in love student while Russell Crowe is the unbending Inspector Javert

Nightmare release before Christmas: Sacha Baron Carter and Helen Bonham look like they belong in a Tim Burton film as the cruel Thenardiers

Nightmare release before Christmas: Sacha Baron Carter and Helen Bonham look like they belong in a Tim Burton film as the cruel Thenardiers

'It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that's who Fantine is anyway.'

The other actors in the film took much less dramatic measures to become their characters.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter both died their hair crazy colours to play the mean spirited Thenardiers.

Les Miserables opens in the US on December 25 and January 11 in the UK.

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Such a wonderful story. But really Crowe and Hathaway have awful singing voices!

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Sometimes I wish with these period films that it wasn't the same faces that are in so many of the big block busters. Instead of getting to know the actual character being portrayed, the too familiar face just pops through. Surely they could find wonderful people who are not famous from goofy movies for the masses to play these parts. JMO.

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Can't wait to see this!

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Helena Bonham-Carter and Sacha Baron-Cohen as The Thenardiers is PERFECT casting. They are both quirky and decadent enough to pull it off!!!!

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i thought cosette was meant to be a brunette.

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Stunning pictures, I can't wait to see the film. To the author: it's Annie Leibovitz, not Anne, and Sacha Baron Cohen, not Carter. Check your 'work' next time before you post it on line.

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Can Russell Crowe sing? Philip Quast should have been cast as Javert.

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Stunning pictures, I can't wait to see the film.

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I can not wait to see this movie. I cry every time I see the trailer and hear Anne Hathaway singing I Dreamed a Dream.

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Really glad Depp managed to stay away from this one. Kudos to the person brave enough to ensure the integrity of this film.

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