The expectations are high for the latest screen adaptation of “Great Expectations” — especially among “Harry Potter” fans. The newest version stars Helena Bonham Carter as the infamous Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) as Biddy and Robbie Coltrane as Mr. Jaggers. If only Rupert Grint was starring as Pip …
Alas, the onscreen “Potter” similarities end there: “War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine is Pip in this version of the Charles Dickens classic, which comes from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” director Mike Newell. If you’ve read the classic — or at least saw the updated take from fellow former “Potter” director Alfonso Cuaron — you know the story: A young orphan falls in love with Miss Havisham’s adopted daughter and later becomes a London gentleman after receiving a large sum from a mysterious benefactor. Entanglements that would make “Downton Abbey” fans gasp ensue, as “Great Expectations” builds to its somewhat tragic climax.
While “Great Expectations” doesn’t have a U.S. release date just yet, the film is scheduled to debut in the U.K. and Germany this fall. (Perhaps not coincidentally, the first trailer for the film comes complete with German subtitles.) “Great Expectations” is set to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
*Apparently, the leaked trailer has been pulled. As soon as it comes back up, we’ll be sure to share it with you!