Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Bonham Carter stars in Dickens film

Helena Bonham Carter will play the wealthy Miss Havisham
Helena Bonham Carter will play the wealthy Miss Havisham

Helena Bonham Carter will star in a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations from director Mike Newell.

The Alice In Wonderland actress has been cast as eccentric spinster Miss Havisham with Ralph Fiennes as convicted criminal Magwitch in the remake, to be produced by Stephen Woolley.

"I'm worried that we'll send kids cowering when he appears in the graveyard," Stephen told the Guardian.

BBC Films announced the movie - which will start filming in September - at the Cannes Film Festival as part of a number of upcoming productions.

Others include children's literature adaptations Peter Pan in Scarlet and Swallows and Amazons.

Theatre director Rufus Norris is set to make his feature film debut with Broken, a modern take on the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird adapted from Daniel Clay's novel.

Man on Wire director James Marsh will work on Shadow Dancer, a thriller about Irish Republicanism starring Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson.

An Education director Lone Scherfig will make Music and Silence, from Rose Tremain's novel set at the 17th-century Danish court.

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