A retelling of the Charles Dickens story about a poor orphan who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
In an overgrown churchyard, a grizzled convict springs upon an orphan named Pip. The convict terrifies the young boy and threatens to kill him unless Pip helps further his escape. Later, Pip finds himself in the ruined garden where he meets the bitter and crazy Miss Havisham and her foster child Estella, with whom he immediately falls in love. After a secret benefactor gives him a fortune, Pip moves to London, where he cultivates great expectations for a life which would allow him to discard his impoverished beginnings and socialize with the idle upper class. As Pip struggles to become a gentleman and is tormented endlessly by the beautiful Estella, he slowly learns the truth about himself and his illusions.
The star of the movie, Jeremy Irivine, tried to make a splash in Hollywood in the 2011 Steven Spielberg movie War Horse.
Toby Irvine, the little brother of Jeremy, plays Little Pip.
If there was ever a tailor made role for someone it is that of Miss Havisham for the goth-in-real-life Helena Bonham Carter.
If Main Street Films has the publicity team to handle this feat, Helena Bonham Carter could earn her third Oscar nomination for her role in this Great Expectations.