Jeremy Irvine and Helen Bonham Carter to join GREAT EXPECTATIONS?
While most of the film world’s focus is set solely on the Cannes Film Festival today, there is news that comes outside of the Croisette.
Varietyis reporting that actors Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter are currently in talks to join the upcoming Mike Newell-directed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece (one of many), Great Expectations. The film will feature a screenplay from Rowan Joffe, and follows the orphan Pip (played by Irvine) over thirty years where he not only meets people like the convict Magwitch and Bonham Carter’s Miss Havisham, but also falls for her daughter, Estella.
Apparently (according to The Playlist) funding may in fact be tough to come by as the BBC recently backed a 3-part TV project based on the novel, but if this one does ultimately come to fruition, this is going to be quite interesting. Irvine will make a huge splash in Spielberg’s upcoming WAR HORSE, so his stock is only rising at this point, and nothing says period drama quite like Helena Bonham Carter’s involvement.
What do you think?
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