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'Great Expectations' for 'War Horse' star

After an impressive turn in this year’s ”War Horse,” Jeremy Irvine’s movie schedule picks up

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With Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama War Horse earning a solid $19 million over New Year’s weekend, audiences have gotten an impressive introduction to the film’s young lead Jeremy Irvine. The 21-year-old Brit will star in the upcoming dramedy Now Is Good, with Dakota Fanning as a dying girl who falls in love with him. He also has two more period dramas in the works: director Mike Newell‘s take on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, with the actor set to star as the orphan who inherits a fortune, and The Railway Man, in which Irvine will play a British officer in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Irvine says the key to period pieces is to realize that people from another generation were not so different. ”Human emotion hasn’t changed in 100 years. People still fall in love like they did years ago, and when family or someone close to you goes away, it’s still the same feeling,” he says. ”The circumstances have changed, but basic human nature and emotion hasn’t changed at all.”