“Harry Potter” Stars Pop Up in First “Great Expectations” Trailer
Classic literature adaptations are one of the British film industry’s biggest commodities, usually because everyone is already familiar, at least in part, with the story and plot points that will occur in the film, which also guarantees a basic foundation of an audience.
While most British film adaptations must rely on this successful formula, there’s at least one film on the horizon that won’t have to worry about bringing in audiences at all. Harry Potter fans everywhere are rejoicing that some of their most beloved characters from the films are reuniting once again, even if it’s for a completely different title.
Great Expectations has gone through many film adaptations, but this latest one looks extremely promising as it retains the creepiness that runs rampant throughout the novel. Adapted by David Nicholls, the story, in brief, starts with a young orphan who lives with his abusive sister who receives an invitation to entertain a young lady named Estella, who lives with her eccentric and manipulative surrogate, Miss Havisham. Once Pip believes that he has no chance of gaining Estella’s affections because of his lack of fortune, he mysteriously inherits a large one from an anonymous benefactor and promptly moves to London to become a gentleman.
Unfortunately, being a gentleman has still not been able to afford him his one wish: Estella, who refuses him repeatedly. Pip eventually discovers the truth behind his mysterious benefactor, and he must make the biggest decision in his life.
The trailer looks as if it has followed the book extremely well, brimming over with an all-star cast including Voldemort, I mean Ralph Fiennes, as Magwitch; Bellatrix LeStrange, or Helena Bonham Carter, as the creepy Miss Havisham, decked out in a decades-old wedding dress she never takes off; and lastly Hagrid, also known as Robbie Coltrane, as Pip’s lawyer.
The three most colorful Harry Potter stars have once again reunited with Harry Potter director Mike Newell, who has helmed the project, working for the first time with Holliday Grainger, Jeremy Irvine, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins, and Ewen Bremner.
While the trailer heavily focuses on the relationship (or lack thereof) between Pip and Estella, there’s a lot more to the story. Most of the creepier and Gothic elements of the tale don’t really shine through the romance aspects but will most likely appear in the feature film.
Great Expectations is expected in theaters on November 30, of this year.