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First Look At Great Expectations' Pip
War Horse's Jeremy Irvine goes Dickens

11 November 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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Never say that Empire doens't bring you culture of a Friday. Following this morning's touch of Shakespeare with the Coriolanus poster, here's your first look at Jeremy Irvine as Pip in Mike Newell's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Why is he holding a bunch of flowers? We can only assuming he's off a-wooing.

Irvine isn't exactly a household name just yet, but as the lead in War Horse you can expect to become a little bit more familiar with him in the near future. He joins a star-heavy cast, including Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham (who we saw unveiled - or rather veiled - last week), Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers. The observant among you will remember that Newell previously worked with all those three on Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, but it seems like solid casting in its own right here rather than some attempt to randomly get the gang all back together.

The story sees the orphaned Pip given a fortune by a mysterious benefactor, who he suspects is the eccentric Miss Havisham. But he's less concerned with who's behind the gift, administered by lawyer Jaggers (Coltrane) and more concerned with wooing Miss Havisham's man-eating ward Estella (Holliday Grainger).

Great Expectations is due to hit screens next autumn, which just about gives you time to read the book in preparation.

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Posted by jobloffski at 21:06 on 12 November 2011 | Report This Post

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I am not sure about this.  I may see it but on the other hand there have been so many adaptations.  I fear i may compare this film to David Lean's which would be unfair.  We will see what it is like. Agreed about the cast being good. More

Posted by princessa at 17:09 on 12 November 2011 | Report This Post

This actor is not good. More

Posted by rpem22 at 15:36 on 12 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sorry to be a nit-picker...
Helena Bonham Carter wasn't in "The Goblet of Fire", so Mike Newell only really worked with two of those actors during that film. Although she might have held a camera or something whilst they were shooting- in that case I apologise! More

Posted by Luke_Torbay at 18:07 on 11 November 2011 | Report This Post

Great cast for this one but if you think Estella's a 'man eater' then you've woefully misunderstood the book.... More

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