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.
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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.