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Reese Witherspoon developing modern-day 'Great Expectations'

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Reese Witherspoon is developing a modern-day version of Great Expectations for The CW.

The Legally Blonde star will executive produce a contemporary take on the Charles Dickens novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Actress Reese WItherspoon poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of 'Mud' at the 65th International Cannes Film Festival

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Great Expectations

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The update - known simply as Expectations - will follow a small-town girl who moves to San Francisco, but struggles to fulfil her dreams until a mysterious benefactor steps in to help.

Lethal Weapon 4's J Mills Goodloe will script the hour-long drama and also executive produce alongside Witherspoon.

The original Dickens work - first published in serial form between December 1860 and August 1861 - follows the story of Pip, an orphan who finds his life changed by a fateful encounter with an escaped convict.

Previous adaptations of the story have included a celebrated 1946 film version starring John Mills and Alec Guinness, Alfonso Cuarón's 1998 update with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, and last year's three-part BBC serial starring Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson and Douglas Booth.

The CW is developing a number of pilots based on existing properties this television season, including an Alice in Wonderland update, a new version of Sleepy Hollow and a Wonder Woman adaptation.

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Watch a clip from the BBC's Great Expectations below:

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