Friday, May 2, 2008

It's a Hard-knock Life for Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen cast as David Copperfield.

There is only very early information on the latest adaptation of the Dickens classic. Velvet Octopus Films lists Hayden Christensen in the role of the adult David Copperfield in this latest film verson written by Peter Howitt and Douglas McFerran.

The $30 million project is to be produced by Generator Entertainment along with Howitt and producing partner Richard Johns (Flaming Pie Films). Funding is already lined up from the U.K. Film Council's Premiere Fund and pre-sales from the Cannes international film market.

What does Richard Johns think of bringing a new "David Copperfield" to the big screen? "This is a very fresh adaptation of the novel, not the chocolate-boxy, stolid version of Dickens that we are used to," Johns said. "It won't be mannered or reverential. With Dickens, filmmakers have been trapped in this place where you have caricatured characters, but Peter wants to deal with them like real people."

The movie, set to begin filming this fall in Canada, will be directed by Peter Howitt with a cast including Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Kevin McNally, Dominic Cooper and Simon Pegg.

By: Barbara
Hayden Christensen Fan News


Dar said...

This is the first I've heard of this, and it sounds very promising. Congrats! I would love to see Hayden and Colin on the screen together! *thud*

Hayden Christensen Fan News said...

I love Colin Firth too. It's a really cool cast. Not many leading ladies mentioned yet though. Still need someone for Agnes and for Dora.