New Preview Clip From "Dark" Jane Eyre Quite Literally Dark
03.09.11 by Ryan
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is one of those enduring stories that never seems to leave the public eye. Whether one is forced to read the novel in high school or see the countless feature-length adaptations, Jane Eyre is either going to play on your television, in a local theater, or end up in your backpack sometime soon.
The latest adaptation has a lot going for it. Directed by Sin Nombre's Cary Fukunaga, the movie stars two up-and-coming actors in the lead roles: Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) as the title character, and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) as Jane's employer, Mr. Rochester. Fukunaga has promised a "darker" adaptation of the bleak novel, something that Fassbender told The Onion is part of the story's lasting appeal.
I like that the characters are ugly and they’re beautiful and they’re cruel and they’re nurturing. There’s so much complexity to the characters, they’re so well-written, and I find that interesting. There’s ambiguity within the characters, and that’s what really attracted me to it, to the performance.
Both Fassbender's and Fukunaga's comments ring true in the latest preview clip from the movie, which shows Wasikowska and Fassbender in a tense moment that is almost literally in the dark.
For those unfamiliar with the story, the romance between Wasikowska's and Fassbender's characters may seem like an unusual pairing, especially since Jane is employed as a governess for Rochester's daughter. Fassbender says the tension between their characters was a sign of the times.
I think Victorian England was so restricted and repressed that when there are moments, it’s like a volcano. When there are weak areas where it just sort of comes out, it’s pretty primal, because it’s being repressed 24-7. People aren’t allowed to express themselves very openly with each other, certainly not physically. So when it comes out, it really explodes.
Jane Eyre opens March 11, and co-stars Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax, Imogen Poots as Blanche Ingram, and Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers.