Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter in Talks for Great Expectations

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War Horse star Jeremy Irvine is in negotiations to play the lead character of Pip in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, reports Variety. Helena Bonham Carter is also reportedly in talks to play Miss Havisham.

The movie, written by Rowan Joffe, will detail the story of a humble orphan who winds up as a gentleman following the largesse of an unknown benefactor.

Filming is scheduled to start this fall for a release in 2012, which is Dickens’ bicentenary.