Bonham Carter to star in 'Great Expectations'

By the Associated Press | May 16, 2011 | 6:44 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Helena Bonham Carter will star in a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" from director Mike Newell.

BBC Films announced the movie Monday at the Cannes Film Festival as part of a slate of upcoming productions.

Others include children's literature adaptations "Peter Pan in Scarlet" and "Swallows and Amazons."

Theater director Rufus Norris will make his feature film debut with "Broken," a modern take on the themes of "To Kill a Mockingbird" adapted from Daniel Clay's novel.

"Man on Wire" director James Marsh is set to make "Shadow Dancer," a thriller about Irish Republicanism starring Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson.

"An Education" director Lone Scherfig will make "Music and Silence," from Rose Tremain's novel set at the 17th-century Danish court.