The epic trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of “Jane Eyre” is now online. The film is a retelling of the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë, but re-imagines and plays up the novel’s original Gothic elements.

“I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story… there’s been something like 24 adaptations, and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance, and I think it’s much more than that,” says Fukunaga.

The film stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender and is set for release on March 11, 2011.

Official synopsis:
Based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, the romantic drama stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in the lead roles. In the story, Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester. The isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding.