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Great Expectations adaptation to close London Film Festival

30th August 2012

The premiere of Mike Newell's new big screen version of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, which features an all-star cast, is to close the BFI London Film Festival.

The novel, which was serialised by Dickens between December 1860 and August 1861, has been adapted by One Day author David Nicholls, who has written a new ending and revealed that his interpretation will be a 'thriller'.

'Dickens came up with two endings - one which is incredibly bleak and one which is unrealistically romantic and sentimental,' Nicholls explained.

'Neither are quite satisfactory and we've come up with an ending that is somewhere in between.'

Director Newell said it is an 'honour' that the new adaptation, which will star Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Haversham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, has been chosen to close the festival on October 21st at Odeon Leicester Square.

'I've tried to make a film that is true to the theatrical vividness, energetic characters and high colour that Dickens is loved for,' he added.

Newell and Nicholls have also revealed that the wedding of Miss Haversham will be seen on screen for the first time ever, despite Dickens only alluding to the event in his novel.

Following its premiere, Great Expectations, which will also star Robbie Coltrane and David Walliams, with newcomer Jeremy Irvine as the protagonist Pip, will be released in UK cinemas on November 30th.

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