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The long-running drama series House may not have been at its best when it finally came to an end in May of 2012, but it was at least doing one valuable service: putting Hugh Laurie on television once a week. But while not being able to witness his brilliance weekly is a bummer, the show being over does open the door for Laurie to pursue more film work. For example, the upcoming drama Mr. Pip, which just released its first trailer on the Paramount New Zealand YouTube page.

Based on the novel by Lloyd Jones and adapted and directed by Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), the film is set in Papua New Guinea where a young girl becomes inspired by the lead character in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, which she learns about from a white teacher named Mr. Watts (Laurie). Unfortunately, her love of the book leads to a dangerous misunderstanding with a group of army officers sent to destroy pockets of rebellion within the country.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, but still seems to be searching for a domestic distributor. Only when that happens will the movie get a release date.

In the meantime, Laurie fans can at least memorize the date December 19, 2014 - the date the next Laurie film is confirmed to hit theaters.In February we learned that the British star had signed on to star with George Clooney in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, which will be ready for Christmas next year.