Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another Pip

With two new adaptations of Great Expectations about to go into production, one a feature film version and one a three-part BBC series, there's plenty of casting news coming up.
Both are being made to celebrate Charles Dickens's upcoming bicentenary in 2012.

The BBC TV version, written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Brian Kirk, will hit our screens first, it's due to start filming in July in London for transmission at Christmas 2011. Rising star Douglas Booth (represented by Curtis Brown) is to play Pip, the young man of great expectations who learns he will inherit a fortune from a mystery benefactor when he becomes twenty-one. Douglas starred as Boy George in Mad About They Boy, and was last on our screens as Heinz in Christopher and His Kind. He also spent last year filming LOL, alongside Miley Cyrus. Douglas will be joined in the TV version by Ray Winstone as Magwitch, with Gillian Anderson rumoured to be in talks to play Miss Haversham. 15 year old Izzy Meikle-Small (represented by United Agents) who starred as Young Cathy in Never Let Me Go, will take the role of Young Estella, with the older version still be announced. Harry Lloyd, recently seen in Game of Thrones, and who is a descendant of Charles Dickens, is to play Herbert Pocket.

As previously announced, Jeremy Irvine, hot from his lead role in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, will play Pip in the feature film version, being produced by Stephen Woolley for Number 9 Films and directed by Mike Newell, with Helena Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham, and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. It's due to start shooting in the autumn and is described as a gothic fairytale adaptation of Dickens’ literary classic, with the screenplay writtten by one of the UK’s foremost screenwriting talents David Nicholls (One Day, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Far from the Madding Crowd, Starter for Ten).

1 comment:

  1. Has the role of Estella been cast yet, and if not, how do I apply for an audition?