Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to play isolated spinster Miss Havisham in a new cinema version of 'Great Expectations' to be directed by Mike Newell.
The British actress - who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 'The King's Speech' - has entered talks to play the isolated spinster in a film directed by Mike Newell.
Jeremy Irivine is thought to be up for the leading role of Pip, although there is no suggestion yet as to who will play Estella, his love interest.
The story - about an isolated spinster who lives in her wedding dress after she was jilted at the alter - has been adapted in the past, including a 1988 version starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke and a 1946 adaptation with John Mills and Alec Guinness.
Production on the movie is slated to start at the end of the year ahead of a 2012 release.