Mexican actress Aracely Arambula will star in a soap opera based on Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Miserables," Telemundo announced Monday in a communique.

After Arambula's success in her starring role in "La Patrona," in which she played Gabriela Suarez, a woman seeking justice in a story that evokes the celebrated novel "The Count of Monte Cristo," by Alexandre Dumas, the Mexican actress is returning with the first soap opera - or "telenovela" - in Spanish based on Hugo's epic.

"We're very proud, since this is another big production that will carry our stamp and that we anticipate will have excellent audience results," said Marcos Santana, the president of Telemundo Internacional in the communique.

Valentina Parraga, the writer responsible for the Telemundo productions "La Reina del Sur" and "La Patrona," will be in charge of adapting the novel to the television screen for Telemundo Estudios.

"This adaptation of 'Les Miserables' is already in the preproduction phase and will be filmed in its entirety in Mexico, and so the story will contain some scenes that only that country can offer us," said Joshua Mintz, executive vice president of fiction programming and general manager of Telemundo Estudios.

Arambula, 38, made her telenovela debut in 1996 with "Cañaveral de pasiones." EFE