Why read the book when you can watch the movie? Ellen Page in “Jane Eyre”

A timeless classic of British literature is about to be brought life for the 20th time. Hold on to your bonnets: BBC Films is about to make yet another adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre and bring it to the big screen. If your love of Brontë alone isn’t enough to send you racing into the theaters, then perhaps the film’s star will; Ellen Page has just signed on to play the title character.

Known mostly for her work in contemporary indie comedies, this will mark the first time Page will star in a period piece.

In case you can’t remember, here is a very brief recap of what Jane Eyre is all about: Plain-looking Jane comes to work as a young governess for a much older man named Mr. Rochester (think Hugh Hefner). The two exchange flirty glances all throughout the mansion and eventually fall in love with each other.

Just when everything is going well for the hot new couple, a dark secret comes to light and threatens their love. I can’t tell you any more than that, though; you’ll have to read the — er, watch the movie yourself.

The announcement of this adaptation comes on the heels of another period classic coming to the big screen. Pitting sister against sister, Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights is currently in production. As fellow blogger browne told us, this film’s version of the novel will host an equally impressive star, Natalie Portman.

I’m sure the people most excited by the news of these classics of literature-turned-feature films will be anyone taking a 10th grade English lit class. There’s nothing better than not having to read the book and getting to watching Hollywood’s "it" girls all at the same time.

So what do you think? Do these actors make you want to see these movies? Would you pay money to see them in theaters when you could Netflix about 20 different versions of them today?