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First trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s JANE EYRE

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 9th, 2010

You'll forgive us here at GATW if we didn't post the "official synopsis" for the Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender-starring JANE EYRE the other day. I just figured it was a bit counterproductive to post the plotline for an adaptation for a work that's been around for oh, I don't know, over a hundred and fifty years. You either know about the meek Ms. Eyre and the stormy Mr. Rochester by now or you don't. And, if you don't, I certainly hope today's first look at Cary Fukunaga's take on Charlotte Brontë''s Victorian novel will get you interested.

The film also features Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, and Sally Hawkins. Fukunaga made a splash with his feature debut, SIN NOMBRE, a stunning first film that landed him on all sorts of must-watch lists. His first follow-up? His own JANE EYRE, set to release next March 11. I'm not just excited about the possibility of this film and all the talent behind it - I am thrilled by it. Take a look at the very first trailer for JANE EYRE after the break.

This trailer has a few interesting twists to it. First of all, there's an attention to Jane's childhood. Most film adaptations sort of zip through the first and third portions of the novel, focusing on Jane's time at Thornfield Hall, which is a huge mistake - Jane's experiences as a child at Gateshead and Lowood, and her adult time with the Rivers family, both make up a huge part of her maturing as a character. Jane is much more than just the dazed governess of Thornfield.

Second of all, the trailer ups the sense of danger and the attention to a slow-build love affair. These are predictable choices for a cinematic telling, but not necessarily reflective of the book. However, any time we get to look at a dishy Fassbender looking haunted and sad, I'm in. I am easy that way.

Finally, Wasikowska quite looks the part. Jane is meant to be plain, but somewhat intriguing. She nails it. It looks as if the ages of Jane and Rochester have been edged closer together (he is traditionally almost twenty years older than his young governess), but there is still enough of an obvious difference between them.

I'll stop rambling. I was sold before I even saw a second of film.

Source Yahoo! Movies

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