Friday, March 19, 2010

Jane Eyre starts filming

Production begins next week in the UK on Focus Features and BBC Films' romantic drama Jane Eyre, based on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, produced by Ruby Films and directed by Cary Fukunaga, whose debut feature was Focus' award-winning Sin Nombre.

Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank) will star in the lead roles of the romantic drama.

The supporting cast includes Jamie Bell (who became a child star at the age of 14 when he appeared as the title character in Billy Elliot), Holliday Grainger (of the just released Scouting Book for Boys and the upcoming Bel Ami), Tamzin Merchant (Pride & Prejudice, and upcoming Game of Thrones), and Imogen Poots (who also appears in films Cracks and Chatroom).
James Schamus, Focus CEO, said: "Cary is the ideal choice to realize this unforgettable story in its traditional setting, yet with contemporary vitality and spirit. With two of today's most promising new stars in Mia and Michael, plus an outstanding supporting cast, this will be a Jane Eyre for the ages."
Christine Langan added: "We're delighted to bring together two such fresh and impressive talents as director Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter Moira Buffini. Added to the gorgeous cast Cary has assembled, this is exactly the treatment Charlotte Bronte's evergreen classic Jane Eyre deserves."

In the story, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska), flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Fassbender). The isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester's coldness – have sorely tested the young woman's resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding.

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