Michael Fassbender is on the verge of a breakout year.

After starring in such movies as 'Hunger,' based on the 1981 hunger strike at Maze prison, and Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning 'Inglourious Basterds,' this year the German-born actor is finally stepping into leading-man territory in America -- first, with 'Jane Eyre,' in which he plays the brooding Rochester.

Moviefone recently spoke to Fassbender about his role in the beautifully shot adaptation, co-starring 'Alice in Wonderland' beauty Mia Wasikowska. We also got the scoop on a number of his upcoming projects, including the much-anticipated 'X-Men: First Class,' as well as 'Shame,' which reunites him with 'Hunger' director Steve McQueen.

Check out the full interview after the jump.
Jane Eyre Movie Poster
Jane Eyre
PG-132011
In Theaters on March 11, 2011

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and... Read More

X-Men: First Class Movie Poster
X-Men: First Class
PG-132011
Based on 38 critics

In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets... Read More