A couple of years ago, there was a rumour going around that BBC Films were set to make *another* adaptation of Jane Eyre - remember, this was only just after the BBC's 2006 adaptation had been aired! Canadian actress Ellen Page (Juno) was to star as Jane Eyre.
Ellen Page left the project some time ago, but late last year it was reported that Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (who had been rumoured to be the latest Heathcliff, but it would seem that honour will now be going to Ed Westwick) would star as Jane and Rochester, respectively.
Michael Fassbender. I think he looks adequately Rochesterian.
Have a look at this article from Variety:Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are in negotiations to star in "Sin nombre" helmer Cary Fukunaga's feature adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, "Jane Eyre."
Brit shingle Ruby Films' Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits are producing with Focus Features and BBC Films from a script by Moira Buffini. Focus holds worldwide rights to the pic.
Project is a period piece but will play up the gothic elements of the story about Jane (Wasikowska), a demure governess who discovers her surly employer Rochester (Fassbender) is harboring a dark secret. The book is one of the most iconic in English literature and has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations.
Wasikowska will next be seen as Alice alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," which Disney is releasing next year. The actress is also set to star in helmer Gus Van Sant's untitled project for producers Dallas Bryce Howard and Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
Fassbender previously appeared in Steve McQueen's "Hunger," Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank."
He will next be seen in Neil Marshall's Roman actioner "Centurion" and Warner Bros.' "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox.
Ellen Page was previously attached to star as the eponymous heroine but left the project some time ago.
Lensing is due to begin next year.
"Playing up the Gothic elements of Jane Eyre"? Hmmm. . . I wonder what exactly that will mean.
So - yet another adaptation of Jane Eyre. Your thoughts?
My thoughts are: why, why WHY can't they adapt a Bronte novel that isn't Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? The Brontes wrote numerous other masterpieces, but you'd never guess it judging by the screen adaptations that have been made of the sisters' books. Somebody, somewhere, please make a movie version of Villette. . .
But having said all that, I'm still moderately excited about this latest Jane Eyre, and will certainly go to see it if/when it comes out in cinemas. Filming is supposed to begin this March.