Reese Witherspoon Is Producing A Genderswapped Great Expectations For The CW

Oh Really?

Pip is a girl! Pip is a girl! 

It will be simply be called Expectations and is a modern telling of the classic Charles Dickens tale. There’s just one big difference, the orphan protagonist will be a lady.

“The CW’s version of the literary classic, first published in serial form in the late 1860s, revolves around a small-town girl with big dreams of making it in the city who is quickly disillusioned by the harsh reality of living in San Francisco — that is, until her fortunes unexpectedly turn thanks to an anonymous benefactor,” writes The Hollywood Reporter. “Lethal Weapon 4 co-producer Mills Goodloe, who is adapting Nicholas Sparks‘ The Best of Me for the big screen, is on board to write and executive produce the hourlong drama with Reese Witherspoon executive producing through her Pacific Standard shingle.”

Interesting. Very, very interesting.

The original story has Pip supported by a mysterious benefactor and toyed with by the wealthy Miss Havisham, a controlling woman who projects her own issues onto Pip and her adopted daughter Estella. Will all the roles be swapped? It would be interesting if Estella was a fella but it would be even more interesting if she wasn’t.

The CW is also currently working on an updated Alice In Wonderland story where Alice is a police detective. Meanwhile, there’s also a new film version of Great Expecations, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, hitting theaters soon.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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