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
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
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