House Star Hugh Laurie Is “Mr. Pip”

Hugh Laurie (“House,” “Blackadder”) is set to star and Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”) is attached to direct an adaptation of Lloyd Jones’s novel “Mister Pip” for Eyeworks New Zealand, Agio Capital, Olympus Pictures and Focus Features International reports Deadline.

Laurie will play Mr. Watts, the last white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville. Asked to open a school there, he reads the kids his favorite novel, Great Expectations. He bonds with the children over the book, which sheds some perspective on their own difficult lives.

Adamson, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech and Robin Scholes will produce. Adamson adapted the script and shooting will begin in New Zealand next month.