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A new 'Great Expectations' trailer delves more deeply into the story

In the upcoming adaptation, 'War Horse' actor Jeremy Irvine plays protagonist Pip, while Helena Bonham-Carter of 'The King's Speech' plays Miss Havisham.

By Staff Writer / September 18, 2013

'Great Expectations' stars Helena Bonham-Carter.

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The newest trailer for the 2013 film adaptation of “Great Expectations” shows protagonist Pip’s journey through life and his encounters with such characters as the tragic Miss Havisham and her ward Estella.

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'Great Expectations' trailer

One possibly controversial aspect of the trailer is that it gives away who bestows on Pip (Jeremy Irvine) a large sum of money, enabling him to live as a gentleman. (The identity of his benefactor is a central mystery of the Charles Dickens novel.) 

The trailer also finds Estella (Holliday Grainger), the young girl with whom Pip falls in love, warning him, “You must know, Pip, I have no heart.” Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham-Carter) tells Estella to make Pip fall in love with her, wishing to get revenge on the male gender for the way she was jilted at the altar. “He’s a common laboring boy,” Miss Havisham tells Estella. “You can break his heart.”

Later, once Pip has come into his money, he faces prejudice from others, including a young man who tells him, “I was under the impression that the Finches was a club for gentlemen.”

The film also stars Ralph Fiennes as the convict Magwitch, “Harry Potter” actor Robbie Coltrane as the lawyer Jaggers, and “An Education” actress Sally Hawkins as Pip’s sister. 

The movie is directed by Helmer Mike Newell (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”)  and will be released Nov. 8 in the US.

Check out the full trailer (above).


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