Jane Eyre (UK/USA 2011)
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Writer: Charlotte Brontë, Moira Buffini
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench
In the story, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). As she reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her, it is clear that 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. She must now act decisively to secure her own future and come to terms with the past that haunts her – and the terrible secret that Mr. Rochester is hiding and that she has uncovered…
In May 2008 BBC Films issued a press release saying Ellen was being considered for the female lead in another film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel "Jane Eyre." Rumour had it that the Canadian actress was already working on her English accent. Unfortunately Ellen left the project for unknown reasons in late 2009, after it had been delayed numerous times. The film was eventually made by director Cary Fukunaga between March and May 2010 in Derbyshire, England and released in 2011, with Australian actress Mia Wasikowska and Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender starring in the lead as the eponymous Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester.