Les Miserables the movie won’t be in 3D, says director

Les Miserables will be shot in 2-D so viewers don’t “physically struggle”.

Director Tom Hooper – who won an Oscar for his work on The King’s Speech – was “tempted” to use 3-D technology in the forthcoming blockbuster but decided against it because he wanted to make a film that would “connect with everyone”.

“I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2-D,” said Hooper.

“I did test 3-D and I was very tempted. I think it is a very interesting new form.

“One of the things I’m most proud of with The King’s Speech is how it managed to connect with everyone, whether you’re eight or 80 years old.

“So I slightly worry with 3-D that some people will physically struggle with it. If you have a certain type of eyesight it can be more demanding than watching a normal movie.

“With a two-and-a-half hour film, I didn’t want to make something that anyone might think ‘That’s not for me, because I don’t like the medium’.”

Tom believes the movie – which will star Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway – is strong enough not to need 3-D technology.

He added: “I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong that 3-D is not essential.”

The filmmaker is thrilled that such huge actors are desperate to land a role in the movie.

He said: “I’ve never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this.”