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Ellen Page to Play Jane Eyre in BBC's Big Screen Adaptation

Ellen Page to Play Jane Eyre in BBC's Big Screen Adaptation

This news totally makes my day already: Ellen Page has been cast as Jane Eyre in the big screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's beloved novel. Variety has more:

Alison Owen of Ruby Films, who most recently produced The Other Boleyn Girl, is working with BBC Films to develop the new adaptation of Bronte's classic 19th century romance. It's the story of a mousy governess who softens the heart of her saturnine employer Mr. Rochester, only to discover that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Though Page's name seems to now be synonymous with "sass-talking pregnant teen," I could actually see her doing well in this role. Jane Eyre is even more precious to me than Wuthering Heights (which is also getting a big screen makeover and will star Natalie Portman) and it's important that the person playing Jane seems smart and strong. I know she's not a British actress and will have to adopt an accent, but still I say: Hooray for Ellen Page!

What do you think about this casting news? Right on, or not so much?

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angeluv angeluv 8 years
I'm really sorry to all Ellen fans out there but this is just wrong....Ruth and Toby did something amazing and now they wanna go and screw it all up!!please dont!! honest, Ellen should stick to doin teen flicks in America..i respect her for getting the Oscar nomination but that's as far as it a huge fan of Jane Eyre and think this is too much of a character for someone as young as her...totally agree with what someone else said before, why place an American influence on something that is purely British?
jerryjeff jerryjeff 8 years
Wouldn't James McAvoy make a great Mr. Rochester?
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Very interesting choice! I look forward to seeing Ellen do something different and show just how big her acting range is!
ncstategirl ncstategirl 9 years
This is my all time favorite book and I just don't see Ellen Page as Jane. Sure she is around the right age to play her, but I just don't know if she can pull it off. Samantha Morton has been my favorite Jane so far, with Ciaran Hinds as her Rochester. It will be interesting to see who will play his role.... This casting scares me, but I hope she can pull it off!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
NO NO NO NO!!! I love Jane Eyre and she doesn't fit the description in my head at all except that she has brown hair (and anyone could dye their hair for the part). I just see a more feminine and British woman playing this role. I'm interested to see who will play Mr. Rochester.
siren6 siren6 9 years
I love it!
ktseyf ktseyf 9 years
This is very intriguing.. I just read Jane Eyre this year, so can't wait to see Ellen's/the director's take. She's a very talented actress; I think she may be able to pull it off!
sugarysweet sugarysweet 9 years
I couldn't finish the book...I kept thinking it was going to get better but it didn't.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
how many Jane Eyre adaptations do they need?
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
Samantha Morton has been my favorite Jane Eyre so far. It's Mr. Rochester that they've never gotten right (IMO) though I haven't seen this Ruth Wilson/Toby Stephens version yet. I think Ellen Page would be wonderful. I get so sick of people complaining when they cast non-British actors in British films or vice versa. Makes no difference to me as long as they are believable. What I want to know is who will they cast as Mr. Rochester??? I'm on the edge of my seat with this. I sincerely hope they consider Joaquin Phoenix. He's been my Mr. Rochester since I first read Jane Eyre in high school. And what about his crazy wife in the attic? I forget her name now ... Helena Bonham Carter could pull that off just as soon as she's done filming Harry Potter. They wouldn't even have to change her costume/makeup!
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