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Michael booked for Jane Eyre role

IRISH actor Michael Fassbender has just signed on to play one of the most iconic literary roles in an upcoming film adaptation of Jane Eyre.

The Killarney man, who made his mark as Lt Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds, will be playing Mr Rochester alongside Mia Wasikowska, who plays the title role in Alice in Wonderland.

Fassbender has fast become a force to be reckoned with, working with some of the movie industry's biggest names including Michael Douglas, Keira Knightley and Megan Fox.

Although he was born in Germany, the star was raised in Killarney, where his parents run a guesthouse. And in spite of his international success, the actor was in town to celebrate St Patrick's Day last week and acted as grand marshall for his hometown's parade.

Jane Eyre is not short of big names as Hollywood heavy-hitter Judi Dench and Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell are also confirmed to have taken up roles.

Filming began earlier today and is expected to last up to eight weeks in various locations throughout the English countryside, in order to stay true to the Gothic setting of Charlotte Bronte's classic.

The film is expected to be released in early 2011.

Fassbender recently returned home to film a new spy thriller alongside Ewan McGregor under the eye of Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Filming took place at the Docklands, Dublin Airport and various locations throughout the city centre and Co Wicklow.

The rising star has also secured another high-profile Hollywood role and will be starring in the Sigmund Freud epic, The Talking Cure, alongside Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley.

The Lord of the Rings star will be playing the starring role, with the Killarney man playing Freud's contemporary, Carl Jung.