Friday, 15 April 2011

Helena Bonham Carter In Talks To Play Miss Havisham

Mrs Havisham Possibility
A while back it was reported that Mike Newell, the director of Prince Of Persia, was to adapt a new version of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations. Now Total Film has revealed that one of the most significant roles (Mrs Havisham) is close to being filled by Helena Bonham Carter. If you are familiar with the novel you'll remember the scene where Dickens goes into great lengths describing the character in her dingy room still wearing her wedding dress and looking about as ragged and mad as the characters we are used to Carter playing. Imagine a cross between her previous characters Bellatrix Letrange (Harry Potter), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) and Marla Singer (Fight Club) and stick her in a wedding dress. Then you'll have something close to Mrs Havisham. If she is cast Newell can feel glad that the important part is in capable and very apt hands.

The lead role of Pip is reportedly on its way to Jeremy Irvine who will soon star in Steven Speilberg's War Horse. Production is scheduled to begin this year with release set for 2012 to mark Dickens' bicentenary.

How effective would Helena Bonham Carter be as Mrs Havisham? Have your say below.

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Castor said...

She's crazy! Even in that picture, she looks disturbingly deranged!!

karina said...

If they make another production of Great Expectations Bonham-Carter is the only person I see as playing Miss Havisham.

The casting of Pip would be much harder

Jack Ibbetson said...

Totally agree Karina it's like the part was made for her. I think Pip should go to an unknown youngster rather than one already famous.

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