Friday, April 15, 2011

Great Expectations

Screenterrier reported back in August 2009 on the plans for a new feature film adaptation of Great Expectations, written by Rowan Joffe, to be produced by Stephen Woolley for Number 9 Films and directed by Mike Newell.

Variety is reporting that the new young star of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Jeremy Irvine is in talks to take on the lead role of Pip, an orphan who rises up through society to become a gentleman thanks to an unknown benefactor. Through most of his life, he’s also obsessed with the cruel and beautiful Estella, who he’s first introduced to via her guardian, Miss Havisham. Helena Bonham-Carter is being mooted for the role of Miss Havisham. The film is eyeing a September shoot.

Jeremy is now represented by Creative Artists Agency in the US, in addition to agents Hatton McEwan in the UK. He has also been reported to be attached to "Now Is Good", to star alongside Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation of Jenny Downham's debut novel "Before I Die".

Coincidentally, the BBC are also currently in pre-production on a "bold, new" TV adaptation of the favoured Dickens novel, with Sarah Phelps as the writer of a 3 x 60 adaptation for BBC Drama Productions. Casting is currently underway for a summer shoot, with the finished product due to hit our TV screens in time for Christmas 2011.


  1. any idea who the casting director is + how to audition?

  2. Hi there... do you know if they'll be casting for the role of Estella at all, and if so, whether auditions are closed or open? I know it's unlikely, but just thought I'd ask! Thanks.

  3. Rooney Mara was up for the role of Estella in the film adaptation but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out.

  4. Young Estella auditions? Any info?

  5. Holliday Grainger has now been cast as Estella but they are still deciding on who to cast as young Estella, I think they are in the final 5 for the role. Young Pip has been cast.

  6. p.s.
    Casting Director = Susie Figgis
    Director = Mike Newell
    hope it helped.