First Look: Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska
It was first announced back in November that young Alice in Wonderland actress Mia Wasikowska would be starring as Jane Eyre in a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's seminal novel. Up-and-coming filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, who broke out last year with Sin Nombre, is directing this adaptation of Jane Eyre and is shooting in Derbyshire, England as we speak (for Focus Features / BBC Films). Oddly, the Times Online (via Movieline) somehow scored the first photo of Wasikowska as Eyre in what looks like a screencap from a reel of dailies (if you don't know what that means, just ignore it). Anyway, you can see the first photo below.
The reason this already looks a bit different than any of the Jane Eyre adaptations of past (including that Charlotte Gainsbourg/Anna Paquin version from 1996) is that Fukunaga is focusing "on the more gothic elements of the classic 19th century story." Hell yes, I'm already more interested in seeing this story on the big screen than I've ever been before. Sure, I may be reading into this too much, but that photo already has sort of a minimal gothic feeling to it, almost like Sleepy Hollow or a darker Red Riding Hood, and now I'm actually looking forward to seeing a trailer for this. Head to Times Online for a bit more on the production.