Friday, August 3, 2012

First look at Holliday Grainger as Estella in Great Expectations

We finally get our first look at Holliday Grainger, one of Screenterrier's favourite British rising stars, as Estella, alongside Jeremy Irvine as Pip.

The new film adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, directed by Mike Newell, is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It was over a year ago that Screenterrier reported on the casting of Holliday Grainger as Estella, the love interest and emotional torturer of the orphan Pip, who is played by young War Horse star Jeremy Irvine.

Holly (represented by Troika) stars as Lucrezia Borgia in Neil Jordan’s TV series The Borgias. She has also had recent roles in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre and in Bel Ami opposite Robert Pattinson.

Producer Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films commented "She is just an incredibly fine actor and has the beauty that is needed for Estella as well as an extraordinary technical ability."

Helena Barlow (represented by United Agents) who played Rose Weasley in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue, plays the young Estella. The young Pip is played by Jeremy's younger brother Toby Irvine.

The young cast also includes another Harry Potter star Jessie Cave as Biddy, with her younger sister Bebe Cave, as Young Biddy. Her fellow Summerhill cast member Olly Alexander plays Herbert Pocket, with Charlie Callaghan as young Herbert.

They join Ralph Fiennes starring as Magwitch and Helena Bonham-Carter as Mrs Havisham.

Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Orphan Pip rises from humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class-ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new status to pursue Estella, a beautiful, heartless heiress he’s always loved. The shocking truth behind his fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.

Great Expectations will premiere this September at TIFF with no official release date as yet announced.

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