We’ve all been so distracted by another adaptation, of-sorts, of a classic 18th century novel (I’m talking about “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” of course), that the newest version of “Jane Eyre” has slipped right under the radar. But the trailer for the latest big-screen incarnation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic tale, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, just hit… and it has definitely caught our attention.
Most people should know the basic premise of the novel, which follows an orphan named Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) who ends up working as a governess for the wealthy Edward Rochester (Fassbender), who is hiding a terrible secret. The trailer for the film, though, seems to play the whole story off as a horror-thriller — which, I guess, we could argue that it is.
Maybe that will end up drawing a larger audience than a straight-cut version of “Jane Eyre” would. The last adaptation of the story was made in 1996 starring Anna Paquin, and wasn’t especially memorable. Wasikowska is an up-and-coming talent who might not necessarily be a big box office draw, but an intriguing representation of the story and presenting it more as a thriller than a mystery might bring in a larger audience.
The film stars Wasikowska as Jane Eyre, Fassbender as Mr. Rochester, Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax and Imogen Poots as Blanche Ingram, and is directed by Cary Fukunaga. It won’t hit theaters in America until March 11, 2011, so try not to Wikipedia the big twist at the end in the meantime.
Were you intrigued by the “Jane Eyre” trailer? Did you like that the story was represented as a thriller? Tell us in the comments!