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.
X-Men: First Class
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Mutants Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr begin as friends, but a situation tears them apart. Read More

Jane Eyre
Based on 35 critics

A governess (Mia Wasikowska) learns that her employer (Michael Fassbender) has a terrible secret. Read More