FX’s ‘Nice Expectations’ Goes to the ‘Darkish Locations’ Charles Dickens Could not
It’s 162 years previous, however Charles Dickens’ masterpiece Great Expectations “has by no means been extra related,” in accordance with Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.
His six-part adaptation of the Victorian novel for FX and Hulu takes the story in surprising instructions because it follows the journey of orphan Pip (Fionn Whitehead), a working-class lad who loses his manner as he chases wealth and standing. Intercourse, opium, and tried suicide crop up.
“Dickens wasn’t in a position to write about sure issues as a result of they had been thought-about to be not territory for fiction,” says Knight. “He can by no means go all the best way into these darkish locations. In order that’s what I attempted to do.”
Pip additionally turns into a plaything to one of many writer’s most unforgettable and weird characters, Miss Havisham, portrayed by the good Olivia Colman. The long-ago jilted bride nonetheless wears her dilapidated marriage ceremony robe as she grooms adopted daughter Estella (Shalom Brune-Franklin) to hate and damage males, and Colman credit costume designer Verity Hawkes with serving to her get into character by describing Miss Havisham as “rotting from the within.”
But the Oscar-winning actress admits to having sympathy for the wretched gal, noting, “If she’d had a very good therapist, possibly she’d have a really totally different life.”
Becoming a member of the Fleabag alum and her co-stars are Ashley Thomas as Jaggers, Johnny Harris as Magwitch, Hayley Squires as Sara Gargery, Owen McDonnell as Joe Gargery, Laurie Ogden as Biddy, Matt Berry as Mr. Pumblechook, Trystan Gravelle as Compeyson, Rudi Dharmalingam as Wemmick, Tom Sweet as Younger Pip, Chloe Lea as Younger Estella, Matthew Needham as Mr. Drummle, and Parth Thakerar as Herbert Pocket.
Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, and Kate Crowe govt produce the collection alongside Knight, Tom Hardy, and Ridley Scott.
FX’s Nice Expectations, Collection Premiere, Sunday, March 26, Hulu