‘Les Mis’ Gets a TELENOVELA (!) — by Trace De La Torre

Aracely Promo  Start spreading the news…Les Mis is getting a Telenovela starring critically acclaimed Mexican Actress — Aracely Arambula!

Telemundo is adapting Victor Hugo’s French classic, “Les Misérables”, bringing it to Primetime Latin American TV audiences and sure to be another smash hit.

I know I’M EXCITED!                                                    

The announcement came yesterday — appropriately at the annual MIPCOM in Cannes — happening this week.  For those of you not ‘in the know’ as to what MIPCOM is — it’s the Cannes Film Festival made-for-TV — a trade show where TV distributors from Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East markets showcase and shop around their latest projects for distribution deals.

Arambula at MIPCOM 2013            MIPCOM 2013 - CANNES.


Marcos Santana — President of Telemundo Internacional — said at Cannes, “We are very proud of this project, which is another brilliant production that will carry our brand, and we anticipate it will have excellent result.  Telemundo is the only Spanish-language company that leads in this type of melodrama-genre offered for international markets.”

Miles ahead of the competition, Telemundo has already started pre-production of Les Mis with — Valentina Parraga — (“La Patrona” and “La Reina Del Sur”) who is adapting the French classic into Spanish.

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Production will be entirely set in M e x i c o where plenty of French, breathtaking scenery, architectural, and cultural influences remain from years of French colonization during the mid-1800’s — and where currently, French people make up the 4th largest immigrant community (approx. 10,000) after Americans, Lebanese, and Spaniards.

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The Spanish translated — “Los Miserables” — takes place in present-day Mexico with spotlights on social injustices and the universal theme of good versus evil.

Arambula will play against-type, in a gender-bending role (inspired byJean Valjeanthe protagonist in Hugo’s Les Mis) as a courageous woman wrongly accused of a crime she did not commit; forced into hiding from her family in order to evade her pursuer.

Joshua MintzExecutive VP of Fiction Programming & General Manager of Telemundo Studios — has said of “Los Miserables”,  “Soon, we look forward to announcing the full cast of this production, as well as the directors, producers and team members that will have a part in its success.”

I, for one — am BEYOND excited for this production to hit the small screen — it will be an extremely successful venture for Telemundo — whose recent programming choices have been right on the mark with worldwide audiences — and ME.

!VIVA Telemundo!