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Sarah Shahi Gets A 'Headshot' & Holliday Grainger Has 'Great Expectations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 9:58 AM
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A couple of brief casting tidbits for you from two projects that couldn't be more widely different. Sometimes, that's just how we roll.

Ray Winstone & Gillian Anderson To Star In Sexed-Up 'Great Expectations' For Brit TV

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 1, 2011 1:51 AM
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A zeitgeisty role like Agent Dana Scully may cast a long shadow, but Gillian Anderson seems determined not to have the first line of her obituary read “that redheaded gal off 'The X-Files.'" Lurching in recent years between respectable British TV costume dramas and mirthless crime fare (“Straightheads” won’t be one to tell the grandkids about), Anderson is now in talks to take the most iconic role in a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “Great Expectations” as Miss Haversham, alongside eternal Cockney bruiser Ray Winstone as the novel's duplicitous Magwitch. Like everything else nowadays, though, don’t expect this to be your mother’s rainy Sunday afternoon "Great Expectations". Oh no, The Daily Mail reports that this three-part miniseries threatens to be “sexually charged”.

Ralph Fiennes In Talks To Join Mike Newell's Adaptation Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 22, 2011 1:25 AM
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Scheduling Conflicts Ended Early Talks With Rooney Mara For Female Lead, EstellaWith 2012 set to initiate celebrations of Charles Dickens' bicentenary, there's sure to be a few film projects being developed to take part in the festivities. One particular production, though, is already jumping out of the blocks as a standout: the adaptation of "Great Expectations" by Mike Newell which already has rising star Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") as Pip and Helena Bonham Carter in talks for Miss Havisham.

Jeremy Irvine & Helena Bonham Carter Circle Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 4:00 AM
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If the name Jeremy Irvine is meaningless to you, don't worry, that will soon change. The National Youth Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company actor -- and player in the the Brit series "Life Bites" -- was handpicked last year by Steven Spielberg to star in his upcoming WWI drama "War Horse" and now it looks like the actor is ready to take on one of the giants of literature with veteran Brit thesp possibly joining him.

Mike Newell In Talks To Direct New Version Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 2:41 AM
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Script From 'One Day' Writer David NichollsMike Newell is a frustrating guy. The kind of genre-hopping director we normally take to our hearts at The Playlist, but with more unpredictable results than helmers like Michael Winterbottom and Steven Soderbergh, it seems that for every good Newell film, there's a terrible counterpart. He was behind the classic mob drama "Donnie Brasco," but also the deathly dull Marquez adaptation "Love in the Time of Cholera," he helmed both seminal rom-com "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and the awful "Mona Lisa Smile," and even his tentpole history is checkered: he directed both one of the better "Harry Potter" entries and, most recently, the truly terrible "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

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