Hugh Laurie As MISTER PIP

British actor Hugh Laurie, known for his role as the acerbic main character on the TV series House, has won the lead role in a movie adaptation of Mister Pip, the novel by Lloyd Jones. Production will begin in New Zealand next month. Laurie will play Mr. Watts, a teacher in a school on the island of Bougainville during its civil war in the 1990’s. He reads Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to the children, who become fascinated with the character of Pip. (Deadline)

The book was the winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was short-listed for the Booker, losing that year to Anne Enright’s The Gathering. Lloyd Jones’s next book Hand Me Down Worldpublished last fall in the UK, will be released here by Bloomsbury in September.

The movie is set to be directed by the seemingly unlikely choice of Andrew Adamson, co-director the first two Shrek movies and director of the first two The Chronicles of Narnia films.

Hand Me Down World: A Novel
Lloyd Jones
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA – (2011-09-27)
ISBN / EAN: 1608196992 / 9781608196999

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