OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!
I knew they were making a new Jane Eyre adaptation, and it’s been known for some time that Ellen Page (Juno) had been cast as Jane. No word on Rochester. Also, there was no info on IMDb, unless you had a pro account, as it was in pre-production. Apparently, there are developments!
Ellen Page is gone. The replacement is Mia Wasikowska, an Aussie who is starring in Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland. She’s not very little, though, considering she’s 168 cm (5’6″), so there I think Page would’ve fit the “little” category better. Plain? Not really, but makeup will sort that out.
The thing that made me go “OMG” repeatedly is that Rochester has been cast. Sadly, it’s not Richard Armitage. I say sadly, although I’m pretty gutted it’s not him – but I didn’t really expect it to be him anyway, so am I really that disappointed? He would’ve made a fantastically brooding Rochester, I’m certain, and he would have us all swoon. But no, it’s Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds). Huh. He’s 32, Mia’s 20. At least she looks quite young. Problem is, so does he. It’s twelve years between them, they’re still lacking eight.
The whole “he’s too ginger to be Rochester” doesn’t really work, considering Toby Stephens. A bit of dye and hair extensions and he didn’t play Rochester, he was Rochester. I for one will be comparing anyone to the standard he set, so my expectations on Herr Fassbender are pretty huge, and they’re not exactly small when it comes to Jane either. We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose. Oh, sorry, both actors are “in negotiations” to become the leads. So it’s not been finalised yet?
Now, other questions arise: a) Where’s Thornfield? I do hope they go for Haddon Hall again, squee! b) If they are, or somewhere else in the vicinity of said building, it’s not too far from here, so what can I do to become an extra? I don’t care what it is, just, in the words of Cathy Earnshaw, LET ME IN!! I don’t have to be an extra, I can help out with other bits, behind the camera. I can fetch coffee, work with sound (I got training), walk dog-playing-Pilot or tie Rochester’s cravat. (I don’t know how it’s done but I’m willing to learn!) Anything! It’s Jane Eyre and I’m unemployed! Maybe that should be my new year’s resolution for 2010: get a job on the new Jane Eyre adaptation. Sounds good to me! ;D
The IMDb entry is here: Jane Eyre (2011).