Watch: First Trailer for Mike Newell's Dark, Gritty 'Great Expectations'
"Do you want me to deceive you?" Where else do you go with the seventh adaptation of a "timeless classic" than dark and gritty? Yes, it may seem odd to call Great Expectations gritty, but at the same time you can't help but notice how grimy Ralph Fiennes looks the first time we see him. It gets moody later, plus Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham just looks creepy. Director Mike Newell is coming off of Prince of Persia, getting back to his more classical roots, and it looks quite intriguing, to say the least. The cast includes Robbie Coltrane, Jason Flemyng, Jeremy Irvine, Ewen Bremner & Sally Hawkins, too.
An outstanding roster of British acting talent bring Charles Dickens' universe to life in this magnificent new screen version of the classic novel from director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mona Lisa Smile, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Love in the Time of Cholera, Prince of Persia). The story involves a humble orphan, played by Jeremy Irvine, who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. The screenplay, adapted from Charles Dickens' classic novel, was written by David Nicholls, author of the book One Day and its adaptation, as well as Starter for 10 and When Did You Last See Your Father?. This will premiere at the Toronto Film Fest next month, but doesn't have a US release yet.