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Harry Potter Stars and Director Come Together for "Great Expectations"

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Posted by: Catherine
August 15, 2012, 01:22 AM

Several Potter stars and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell are working together once more. This time Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix), and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) have been cast together in a new adaptation of Charles Dicken's Great Expectations (directed by Mike Newell). The trailer of this newest adaptation was released yesterday (and can be viewed below). According to the Examiner, the film is set to premier at Toronto International Film Festival and be released in the UK and Germany. There is currently no notice of the movie being released in American theaters. The Examiner gives a synopsis of the movie:

The story follows a young orphan named Pip who has lived his entire life in misery with his abusive older sister. One day he is called upon by a wealthy shut-in named Miss Havisham (Bonham-Carter) to come to her home and play with her daughter, Estella. Though Estella treats Pip with utter disdain, he soon finds himself falling in love with the young beauty, which Miss Havisham encourages. Pip then gets an invitation from a mysterious benefactor to go to a finishing school where he can become a proper gentleman. But things are not as they appear to be and Pip soon finds himself at the center of a much bigger plan.


The rest of the article can be read here. 

According to IMDb, Ralph Fiennes plays Magwitch (a deported criminal Pip meets in a graveyard, who later becomes wealthy and sends money to Pip) and Robbie Coltrane plays Mr. Jaggers (a criminal lawyer hired by Magwitch to provide for Pip). 


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14 Comments

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It looks good! :D

Posted by ResaPotter on August 15, 2012, 02:14 AM report to moderator
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Leaky, I think you mean ‘cast together’, not ‘casted together’.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 15, 2012, 02:21 AM report to moderator
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BTW the description given by Entertainment Weekly is quite a novel take (pardon the pun) on Dickens. It also contains one absolutely HUGE plot-spoiler.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 15, 2012, 02:22 AM report to moderator
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I don’t think Estella is Miss Havisham’s daughter, she is a girl she took in to bring up, and she’s trained her to be rather cruel. I wonder where The Examiner got that information.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on August 15, 2012, 02:48 AM report to moderator
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You’re right, Moglet. And I think we do eventually find out where she came from.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 15, 2012, 03:28 AM report to moderator
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looks cool

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on August 15, 2012, 06:27 AM report to moderator
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uuu, looks interesting @-)
and Bonham Carter will be Mrs Havisham, of course ;;)

Posted by devilskinn on August 15, 2012, 08:49 AM report to moderator
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Granted, it has been many, many years since I had to read ‘Great Expectations’ in high school (I hated it), but I always thought that Miss Havisham was supposed to be extremely elderly. Bonham-Carter seems like odd casting for that role.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on August 15, 2012, 10:42 AM report to moderator
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‘Although she (Miss Havisham) has often been portrayed in film versions as very elderly, Dickens’s own notes indicate that she is only in her mid-fifties.’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Havisham
I think in the book we see her initially through young Pip’s eyes, so she naturally seems very old indeed.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 15, 2012, 11:05 AM report to moderator
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Looking at the full cast list on IMDB I will add one other Potter alum that is in this movie: Jessie Cave aka. Lavender Brown.

Posted by tinagin [ROAR]! on August 15, 2012, 12:57 PM report to moderator
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Sounds quite good!

Posted by Won_Two on August 15, 2012, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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@V-J, you’re right, we do eventually find out Estella’s parentage, and Miss Havisham is most certainly not her mother!

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on August 15, 2012, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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Wow this is pretty behind the times, wasn’t this announced months ago? I am a bit disappointed to see Carter in it, though, I am getting a bit bored of seeing her play “eccentric character number 2” in all her films.

Posted by hrrypttrfn328 on August 15, 2012, 05:30 PM report to moderator
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I’ve never read this book, but hearing who the excellent cast is going to be I will be seeing it as soon as us Americans can. I’m sure it’ll be shown here sooner or later. I simply adore Helena and everything I’ve ever seen her in. Not a fan of the GoF director, I though he totally ruined what could have been a much, much better movie.

Posted by LunaLuver on August 16, 2012, 08:43 PM report to moderator
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