Great Expectations: Hugh Laurie cast as 'Mister Pip'

Hugh Laurie in “House, M.D.”/©Fox Television
Hugh Laurie in “House, M.D.”/©Fox Television

Hugh Laurie, or Dr. Gregory House, as he's better known to millions of devoted "House" viewers, has been confirmed as the lead in the film adaptation of Lloyd Jones' 2006 novel Mister Pip. Shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Mister Pip tells the story of the eccentric Mr. Watts, who sets up shop in a ruined schoolhouse on a war-torn island and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations. Laurie is cast as Mr. Watts, who refers to himself as Mr. Pip, in honor of narrator Pip in Great Expectations.

"Mister Pip" will be directed by Andrew Adamson, whose film credits include "Shrek" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" films. Shooting is set to start in Papua New Guinea in May, 2011. Laurie is the first confirmed star attached to this project, and we are excited to see him take on the challenge of this unconventional lead role. He plays Dr. House with such cantankerous charm that it will be refreshing, albeit alarming, to see him play a caring schoolteacher.

If you have read Mr. Pip, is Hugh Laurie who you imagined as the title role? Who would you like to see cast in other roles?