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Helena Bonham Carter In 'Great Expectations'? Star In Talks For Miss Havisham Role

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HELENA BONHAM CARTER
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Helena Bonham Carter likes to play dress up. She may be about to land a role that'll land her another fun wardrobe.

Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated "The King's Speech" star is in talks to join director Mike Newell's new big screen adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, "Great Expectations." She'd play Miss Havisham, the heart broken, formerly wealthy spinster who trains her daughter, Estella, to break hearts. Havisham never takes off her wedding dress, making for an opportunity to Bonham Carter to wear yet another interesting get up.

Upcoming star Jeremy Irvine is also in negotiations for the film, Variety reports; he would play Pip, the man whose heart Estella breaks.

This would be yet another English period piece for Bonham Carter. Early in 2010, she played the Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland," and in 2007 played Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd." She also dons inventive costumes as Bellatrix Lestrange in the "Harry Potter" series.

This is actually the second film involving "Great Expectations" to be announced recently; Hugh Laurie will star in "Mr. Pip," the story of a volunteer substitute teacher on a war-torn island who reads the Dickens novel to his class.

One can only hope Bonham Carter is nominated for an award for this film, if only to see the next evolution in her long line of award show fashion statements.

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