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Jane Eyre
Directed by Cary Fukunaga
Produced by Alison Owen
Paul Trijbits
Written by Novel:
Charlotte Brontë
Moira Buffini
Starring Mia Wasikowska
Michael Fassbender
Jamie Bell
Judi Dench
Holliday Grainger
Sally Hawkins
Tamzin Merchant
Imogen Poots
Jayne Wisener
Cinematography Adriano Goldman
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) March 11, 2011
Language English

Jane Eyre is an upcoming film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë. The film is set for release on March 11, 2011.





The film is a co-production between BBC Films, Focus Features and Ruby Films.[1] The script by Moira Buffini appeared on the 2008 Brit List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays in British film.[2] The adaptation is expected to stick closely to the book.[3] However, the character of Blanche Ingram is less conniving than in the novel.[4]


In October 2009, it was announced that Cary Fukunaga would direct the adaptation.[5] The adaptation will play up the Gothic elements of the classic novel.[6] Fukunaga stated, "I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story... there’s been something like 24 adaptations, and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance, and I think it’s much more than that."[7]

Principal photography began on March 22, 2010 and concluded in mid-May.[1][8][9] Filming locations include London and various locations in Derbyshire, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Dales, Froggatt, and Fox House (Sheffield).[1][10][11]


Focus Features holds worldwide distribution rights.[12] Jane Eyre will open in selected cities on March 11, 2011.[13]


In November 2009 it was revealed that Mia Wasikowska would star as the title character and Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester.[6] Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Imogen Poots, Holliday Grainger and Tamzin Merchant also joined the cast.[12][14]


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Fassbender Finds his ‘Jane Eyre’". Irish Film and Television Network. March 12, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Archie (October 3, 2008). "Brit List brings scripts to light". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hoyle, Ben (April 24, 2010). "Brooding Brontës replace Austen as ‘bonnet drama’ returns". Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (May 17, 2010). "The Verge: Imogen Poots". Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jaafar, Ali (October 20, 2009). "Fukunaga near 'Jane Eyre' redo". Variety (magazine). Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Jaafar, Ali (November 19, 2009). "Wasikowska in talks for 'Jane Eyre'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (March 10, 2010). "Director Cary Fukunaga on the 'Darker Sides' of His Upcoming Jane Eyre". Movieline. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Production begins on Jane Eyre". BBC. March 19, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ "New BBC One drama, Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore star in Toast". BBC. May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Top actors heading here to shoot new Jane Eyre movie". Derby Telegraph. April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ Dawes, Martin (March 24, 2010). "It's not Lark Rise to Grindleford!". Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Production begins on Jane Eyre". March 19, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Focus Confirms Dates for Four Movies in 2011". May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (February 10, 2010). "'Jane Eyre' adaptation attracts cast". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 

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