Ellen Page, star of Juno and Smart People, not to mention the upcoming Whip It, is looking to prove her acting credentials through appearing as one of the most kickass female literary icons, Jane Eyre. She does know she’s already convinced most of the globe that she’s more than able for anything, right? Page could completely handle the character’s passion, being the regular little spitfire that she is, and Smart People has proven she can play repressed and wound up to a tee, a pre-requisite for any British governess.
For those who didn’t read Charlotte Bronte’s classic back in high school/when sitting the Junior Cert/doing your A levels, the basic outline of the story involves an orphaned child whose evil extended family sends her off to a very strict church boarding school (don’t let the title of boarding school fool you, think more Oliver Twist than Enid Blyton and you have a better impression) where she grows up into repressed governess material and is sent off into the world to make her fortune. When she comes to work for the brooding and mysterious Mr. Rochester, her neatly bound world falls apart.
(Yeah, I could have titled it with some witty pun combining Juno and Jane Eyre, but all the other sites are doing it, and FSR is nothing if not original!)