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Wasikowska 'fated' to get Eyre role

Mia Wasikowska has revealed how fate may have played a hand in her getting the coveted role of Jane Eyre.

The Aussie actress, who has already been seen in one famous literary role as the titular character in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, now takes on Charlotte Bronte's heroine for a new, darker big screen adaptation.

Explaining how she got the role, Mia said: "I started reading the book in 2009. I was halfway through the novel when I emailed my agent and asked if there was a project planned, because I thought it would be an incredible role to play."

The immediate response was negative but just two months later, her agent emailed over a script.

"I met with Cary [Fukunaga, the director] and found we shared similar ideas," said Mia.

Mia plays Jane, a teenage girl who arrives to work as a governess at isolated Thornfield Hall, and meets the brooding Edward Rochester (Fish Tank's Michael Fassbender).

"What I love about her character is, despite all the hardship she faces throughout her life, she has this innate sense of self-respect and an incredible ability to do what's right by herself as an individual," Mia said.

:: Jane Eyre is released in cinemas on Friday September 9.

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