Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter Joining 'Great Expectations'
The two have shared the screen as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange and Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise, but now Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes look to be taking to the big screen with an adaptation of a more classic kind of literature. Interestingly enough, the new project will pair them with a Harry Potter franchise director as Mike Newell has landed the two actors for his previously revealed adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic novel Great Expectations. In addition, Jeremy Irvine, the actor personally chosen by Steven Spielberg to star in War Horse, has also landed a role in Newell's adaptation.
First of all, for those unfamiliar with the story here's the official rundown:
Reared in the marshes of Kent by his disagreeable sister and her sweet-natured husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery, the young Pip one day helps a convict to escape. Later he is sent to live with Miss Havisham, a woman driven half-mad years earlier by her lover's departure on their wedding day. Her other ward is the orphaned Estella, whom she is teaching to torment men with her beauty. Pip, at first cautious, later falls in love with Estella, to his misfortune. When an anonymous benefactor makes it possible for Pip to go to London for an education, he credits Miss Havisham. He begins to look down on his humble roots, but nonetheless Estella spurns him again and marries instead the ill-tempered Bentley Drummle. Pip's benefactor turns out to have been Abel Magwitch, the convict he once aided, who dies awaiting trial after Pip is unable to help him a second time. Joe rescues Pip from despair and nurses him back to health.
David Nicholls (One Day, Starter for 10) is adapting the story and Variety says Irvine will be playing Pip while Carter is in talks to play Miss Havisham. Meanwhile, Baz Bamigboye (via The Playlist) reports Ralph Fiennes is in talks to play Magwitch. It sure sounds like a hell of a cast, and anything to help Newell recover from the disaster that was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time sounds good to me. There's still plenty of roles left to be cast, so stay tuned as this project continues developing. Sound good so far?