Fassbender may also co-star in Fukunaga's adaptation

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are in negotiations to star in “Sin nombre” helmer Cary Fukunaga’s feature adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, “Jane Eyre.”

Brit shingle Ruby Films’ Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits are producing with Focus Features and BBC Films from a script by Moira Buffini. Focus holds worldwide rights to the pic.

Project is a period piece but will play up the gothic elements of the story about Jane (Wasikowska), a demure governess who discovers her surly employer Rochester (Fassbender) is harboring a dark secret. The book is one of the most iconic in English literature and has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations.

Wasikowska will next be seen as Alice alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which Disney is releasing next year. The actress is also set to star in helmer Gus Van Sant’s untitled project for producers Dallas Bryce Howard and Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Fassbender previously appeared in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank.”

He will next be seen in Neil Marshall’s Roman actioner “Centurion” and Warner Bros.’ “Jonah Hex” opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox.

Ellen Page was previously attached to star as the eponymous heroine but left the project some time ago.

Lensing is due to begin next year.

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