Last week we heard Jeremy Irvine, the young actor chosen by Steven Spielberg to lead his WWII epic War Horse, was in talks to play the lead character of Pip in Mike Newell’s adaptation of the classic Dickens novel Great Expectations alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who was in talks to play Miss Havisham.
Now it looks like we may see a Voldemort/Bellatrix reunion as according to The Daily Mail Ralph Fiennes is in discussions to play Magwitch, a father-figure to Pip who has spent his life as a criminal. It’s not a done deal though, as Fiennes is currently set to play Prospero in Trevor Nunn’s version of The Tempest on stage, so there may be scheduling conflicts.
Director Mike Newall (Prince of Persia, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) plans to shoot in and around London in August, so if Fiennes takes the role he would have to shoot his scenes during the day and then do his stage performances in the evening. The actor is also in talks to play a ‘darkly complex’ role in Bond 23, but filming won’t begin until November.
The script, which is being written by Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later, The American) follows the orphan Pip (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 takes Pip on as a companion and whom Pip suspects is his benefactor.