About the Film | Jane Eyre Movie Synopsis | Focus Features

In a bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Brontë’s timeless, classic story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers.

In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (played by Ms. Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adèle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield’s brooding master, Edward Rochester (Mr. Fassbender). The imposing residence – and Rochester’s own imposing nature – have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell of Focus Features’ The Eagle) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers’ Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past…

Aged 10, the orphaned Jane (played by Amelia Clarkson) is mistreated and then cast out of her childhood home Gateshead by her cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed (Golden Globe Award winner Sally Hawkins). Consigned to the charity school Lowood, Jane encounters further harsh treatment but receives an education and meets Helen Burns (Freya Parks), a poor child who impresses Jane as a soulful and contented person. The two become firm friends. When Helen falls fatally ill, the loss devastates Jane, yet strengthens her resolve to stand up for herself and make the just choices in life.

As a teenager, Jane arrives at Thornfield. She is treated with kindness and respect by housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax (Academy Award winner Judi Dench). Jane’s interest is piqued by Rochester, who engages her in games of wit and storytelling, and divulges to her some of his innermost thoughts. But his dark moods are troubling to Jane, as are strange goings-on in the house – especially the off-limits attic. She dares to intuit a deep connection with Rochester, and she is not wrong; but once she uncovers the terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever, she flees, finding a home with the Rivers family. When St. John Rivers makes Jane a surprising proposal, she realizes that she must return to Thornfield – to secure her own future and finally, to conquer what haunts both her and Rochester.

Jane Eyre

- Mia Wasikowska

Edward Rochester

- Michael Fassbender

St. John Rivers

- Jamie Bell

Mrs. Reed

- Sally Hawkins

Diana Rivers

- Holliday Grainger

Mary Rivers

- Tamzin Merchant

Blanche Ingram

- Imogen Poots

Young Jane

- Amelia Clarkson

Ad`ele Varens

- Romy Settbon Moore

Helen Burns

- Freya Parks

Mrs. Fairfax

- Judi Dench

Director

- Cary Joji Fukunaga

Screenplay

- Moira Buffini

Novel

- Charlotte Bront"e

Producer

- Alison Owen

Producer

- Paul Trijbits

Executive Producer

- Christine Langan

Co-Producer

- Mairi Bett

Co-Producer

- Faye Ward

Director of Photography

- Adriano Goldman

Film Editor

- Melanie Ann Oliver

Production Designer

- Will Hughes-Jones

Make-up and Hair Designer

- Daniel Phillips

Costume Designer

- Michael O'Connor

Music

- Dario Marianelli