One of the higher-profile features to have its premiere in Toronto this year will be Mike Newell’s take on Charles Dickens’ classic “Great Expectations,” headlined by a starry cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, “War Horse” breakout Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter taking a breather from Tim Burton-land.
Judging by the meaty (it clocks in at three minutes) international trailer, Bonham Carter is the reason to check out this Gothic version (adapted by “One Day” scribe David Nicholls), which is set in the 1860s of the novel and not in present day like Alfonso Cuaron’s dreamy 1998 adaptation starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert De Niro. As Miss Havisham, the spiteful recluse of Dickens’ tale, Bonham Carter seems to be having a campy ball. The two lead lovers, played by Irvine and Holliday Grainger, seem wan by comparison.
All will be revealed in Toronto when the film has its premiere. It’s then set to open in the UK November 30. No U.S. release date has yet been announced.