Jane Eyre Trailer: Hello, Mr. Rochester!


In Charlotte Brontë's classic Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester, the heroine's tortured, much older love interest, is not particularly handsome. In the new forthcoming film adaptation of Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester is played by Michael Fassbender. So, automatically, we know slavish faithfulness is not on the table. But we're not really complaining — have you seen Michael Fassbender? In the film, Mia Wasikowska stars as Eyre, a young, neglected woman who ends up working as a governess on Mr. Rochester's estate, where things are not as they seem. (The trailer assumes audiences are not familiar with the book's lady-in-the-attic plot twist). It's all very Merchant Ivory Gothic — period costumes, a soundtrack full of Sturm und Drang, and dramatic glances — which is exactly as it should be. Plus, a nice bit of dialogue — "Do you think because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?" — to remind us that Charlotte Brontë could have turned out a decent screenplay if given the chance.