First Look: Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska

April 26, 2010
Source: Times Online

Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre

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.

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

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.

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  • Xerxex
    um...looks pretty good.
  • Jacksion
    this is my favorite novel.... oh my god. they better do this right.
    • Sean Childerley
      Mine too. I hope it's good!
  • I had no idea they were even attempting a new Jane Eyre! Wasikowska is a good pick - very different from past actresses who've taken on the role. For me, a lot of it will hinge on how Rochester's done, though. My favorite adaptation up to this point is the 2006 BBC mini-series, which was well-cast and legitimately unsettling at certain points. I am all for taking the disturbing aspects of the book and using them to establish a more pervasive mood, as long as they don't overdo it on the goth. This is such a great story; one of my favorites.
  • Kristine
    Screw Jane, what about a picture of Rochester?? He's the most important character in the story 😉 Lol, but actually, this looks awesome, but I kinda wish they could have shot another picture with her face toward the camera.....
  • Jeanette
    Good! Jane Eyre is supposed to be scary! And creepy! Not a romantic wishy washy film. I just wish they would tell us who's playing Bertha. The performance of Bertha, for me at least, is what carries Jane Eyre. I want a deranged, blood drinking, pyromaniac lunatic. Not someone who just throws temper tantrums.
  • Jezza
    2011 looks to be one of the most memorable years for British films The Potter series ending, Mia Wasikowska doing Jane Eyre, Johnny English getting a sequel, The Inbetweeners heading to the big screen and there's also rumours that The World's End (the third movie from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Blood and Ice Cream trilogy) is coming in 2011.
  • lucile
    I think most British people who have read the novel believe only a brit can justify Jane as a individual and comprehend what a great privilege it is to play her. besides the British are the ones known for there skill when it comes to costume drama's! Besides even it turns out ok where's the heart in it? And with Natalie Portman going to portray Cathy Wuthering heights is also going to be thrown to Hollywood.
    • Jez
      Actually is confirmed to be Nicola Burly potraying Cathy.




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