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June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Telemundo, the Spanish-language network owned by NBCUniversal, announced on Wednesday that it has begun production of Los Miserables, a Spanish version of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. In a news release, the network, which apparently plans to broadcast the drama as a "telenovela," a limited dramatic series, said it will be set in the present and the protagonist, the Jean Valjean character in Hugo’s novel, will be a woman named Lucha Duran, played by Aracely Arambula, who is hunted by police detective Daniel Ponce, played by Erik Hayser (the Javert character in the novel). A news release did not indicate when production of the drama is expected to begin or when the film is expected to air.