Here is our first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in the new adaptation of Great Expectations. Usually when we see Helena Bonham Carter in abnormal clothing it’s in a Tim Burton movie, but on this occasion Mike Newall (Prince of Persia, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is directing.
The movie, written by Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later, The American) follows the orphan Pip (War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine) across the span of thirty years as he rises to wealth, deserts his true friends, and becomes humbled by his own arrogance. It also features one of Dickens’s more colorful characters in literature: Miss Havasham. She is a wealthy spinster who sits in her mouldering mansion still wearing the wedding dress she wore when she was jilted at the altar. Although she has often been portrayed in films as very elderly, Dickens’s own notes indicate that she is only in her mid-fifties, so Helena Bonham Carter is well suited for the role.
Also among the cast are Ralph Fiennes as escaped convict Magwitch, Robbie Coltrane as London lawyer Mr. Jaggers, Jason Flemyng as Pip’s brother-in-law and father figure, and Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Joe Gargery, Pip’s, hot-tempered adult sister.
Lionsgate aim to release Great Expectations in late-2012 in the UK, and the search is on for a US distributor.