Are two versions of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, Great Expectations, too many in one year? Perhaps not, since 2012 is also the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth. The BBC series appeared earlier this year on PBS and the film version is about to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Both feature the youngest actresses to ever play Miss Havisham.

Called “a cougar rather than a crone,” the 43-year-old Gillian Anderson played the role for BBC. The film Havisham is portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter, who is just two years older (Anderson in the role on the left, below; Bonham Carter on the right).


The international trailer has just been released, with German subtitles. No news yet on when it will appear in US theaters.

UPDATE: the trailer has been removed. Until it reappears, here is the one for the 1946, David Lean version.

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