I’ve very recently reviewed the BBC mini-series, made the same year, starring Hinds as tortured hero de Bois-Guilbert, and he brings something of the same quality to Rochester.This is a sardonic, bitter version of the hero, worlds away from the more recent gentler Sandy Welch version with Toby Stephens, which I loved, but still a compelling take on the character.
I’ve been keeping an eye on this project for some time now.
In my previous post about Brontë’s sisters’ literary adaptation, when Ellen Page was reportedly still attached, they were still searching for the actor to play Rochester.
Eventually I’d like to write about as many of them as I can – but, for starters, here are a few thoughts about the 1997 TV movie starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds, which has just been repeated on ITV3 in the UK.
I saw it when it was first shown, but hadn’t remembered it all that well.
The German/Irish actor garnered rave reviews in , a thriller with Forest Whitaker, William H.
So it’s surprising that, so far, I haven’t got round to writing about any of the many adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s great novel on this blog.
As for Rochester, I had my own picks a couple of months ago, pondering who would fit this criteria: Alas, Fassbender wasn’t on my list, but I imagine he’s got the acting chops and range to pull off this role, even if he’s just a tad too young — not to mention handsome to boot — at 32 (Rochester is supposed to be about 20 years older than the 18-year-old Jane).
His star is definitely on the rise, and for good reason. Can’t wait to see how the stack up against a plethora of other adaptations of this classic story. If you’re a Brontë fan, are you happy with the casting?
As with many single ITV dramatisations of long novels, the main problem with this version, directed by Robert Young and scripted by Richard Hawley, Kay Mellor and Peter Wright, is that it is so short – 108 minutes according to the imdb.
Inevitably, large chunks have had to be left out, and there is very little of the young Jane’s time with the Reeds or at Lowood – just brief glimpses of key moments, like the Red Room and the death of Helen Burns.