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Jane Eyre adaptation 'channels the novel's energy'

9th September 2011

The new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre retains all of the novel's energy and helps to channel it into a striking production, the lead actress has claimed.

Mia Wasikowska, who plays Jane, said she had only just started reading the novel when she heard that a new film adaptation was being made and immediately told her agent that she wanted to be a part of it.

According to the 21-year-old, who was only 19 at the time of the announcement, she connected with the novel's protagonist from the first page and could visualise herself in the lead role.

Wasikowska says Jane's self-awareness at the tender age of 18 is a large part of what endears the reader to her and this energy is something the new film version transfers faithfully to the big screen.

'You need to get your energy from somewhere for something as intense as Jane Eyre,' she explained, adding that her on-screen relationship with Michael Fassbender's Rochester will not disappoint fans of the novel either.

'We had a very similar way of doing things. Just have fun and alleviate the tension and intensity and channel that into everything,' the actress said.

The film, directed by Cary Fukunaga, is released in UK cinemas today (September 9th).

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