Mia Wasikowska(Alice In Wonderland/Defiance) and Michael Fassbender(Inglourious Basterds/300) are in negotiations to star in BBC/Focus Feature's big-screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre.
The film is being directed by Cary Fukunaga(Sin nombre) from a script by Moira Buffini. The project is a period piece but will play up the gothic elements of the story. The iconic piece of English literature has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations... and many book reports.
In the role Ellen Page was originally attached to some time ago, Wasikowska would take on the title character of Jane, a demure governess who discovers her surly employer Rochester (Fassbender) is harboring a dark secret.
We'll see soon enough how well Wasikowska does as a leading lady, when she stars opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. I thought she did a fantastic job in Defiance. Fassbender has been consistently amazing and transformative in all his roles. He will next be seen in Neil Marshall's Centurion, as well as opposite Josh Brolin in Jonah Hex.
Ruby Films' Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits are producing Jane Eyre, with aims to begin shooting next year.
What do you think of Wasikowska and Fassbender taking on the roles of Jane and Rochester?
In case you need a bigger brush up, here's the Cliffsnotes Book Summary for Jane Eyre:
When Jane returns to Thornfield, the houseguests have left. Rochester tells Jane he will soon marry Blanche, so she and Adèle will need to leave Thornfield. In the middle of this charade, Jane reveals her love for him, and the two end up engaged. Jane is happy to be marrying the man she loves, but during the month before the wedding she is plagued by strange dreams of a destroyed Thornfield and a wailing infant. Two nights before the wedding, a frightening, dark-haired woman enters her room and rips her wedding veil in two. Although Jane is certain this woman didn't look like Grace Poole, Rochester assures her it must have been the bizarre servant. The morning of the wedding finally arrives. Jane and Rochester stand at the altar, taking their vows, when suddenly a strange man announces there's an impediment to the marriage: Rochester is already married to a woman named Bertha Antoinetta Mason. Rochester rushes the wedding party back to Thornfield, where they find his insane and repulsive wife locked in a room on the third story. Grace Poole is the woman's keeper, but Bertha was responsible for the strange laughter and violence at Thornfield. Rochester tries to convince Jane to become his mistress and move with him to a pleasure villa in the south of France.