Director Mike Newell’s feature film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations was originally supposed to be released last year – shortly after the premiere of the BBC series that starred Gillian Anderson – but has languished on the proverbial shelf for the better part of 2013. However, a film with this much talent involved (both in front of and behind the camera) was always going to see the light of day, we just had to wait a while apparently. It’s finally scheduled to hit theaters beginning November 8, and a full trailer has been released.
This particular adaptation – as all Dickens stories tend to be – is exceptionally British-ed up, featuring a ton of recognizable faces, including heavy hitters Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. Other Brit stars include War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine, The Borgias’ Holliday Granger, Harry Potter’s Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams, William Ellis, Jason Flemyng and more.
Let’s be real, this movie will be worth the price of admission for the Bonham Carter swanning around in Miss Havisham’s tattered wedding dress scenes alone. This is the sort of role that seems right up her alley.
Watch the trailer – which is both creepy and lovely to look at – for yourself below.