Came across this, from an article about Sally Hawkins in The Guardian:
The actress, who won a Golden Globe for her lead role in Mike Leigh’s 2008 Happy-Go-Lucky, is also to appear in a new version of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre due to premiere at the Venice film festival in September
WTH! So it DOES come out a lot earlier than March – if you happen to be in Venice, at the film festival. Bah! And the rest of us have to wait another SIX MONTHS before we can go see it! No fair! I want to see it now!
The article/interview also describes Ms Hawkins as “nervous, petite and a bit shy”. The perfect Mrs. Reed then, obviously. For reference:
Mrs. Reed might be at that time some six or seven and thirty; she was a woman of robust frame, square-shouldered and strong-limbed, not tall, and, though stout, not obese: she had a somewhat large face, the under jaw being much developed and very solid; her brow was low, her chin large and prominent, mouth and nose sufficiently regular; under her light eyebrows glimmered an eye devoid of ruth; her skin was dark and opaque, her hair nearly flaxen; her constitution was sound as a bell—illness never came near her; she was an exact, clever manager; her household and tenantry were thoroughly under her control; her children only at times defied her authority and laughed it to scorn; she dressed well, and had a presence and port calculated to set off handsome attire.
Ach, we shall see. I’m not so sure about Sally Hawkins in general, as my first real introduction to her was through the abysmal Persuasion ’07. Perhaps the less said on that subject the better … Now, if you want a good rendition of Mrs. Reed, check out Vanishing Point – where Aussie blogger Ben is making some awesome Jane Eyre trading cards and sharing them with the world. Still waiting for Mr. Rochester yet, but aww, if those were actual trading cards, I’d totally buy them.