Juno star Ellen Page has landed the lead role in a BBC adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre.

But the casting of the Oscar-nominated actress has reportedly angered a number of U.K. film industry bosses who believe a British actress should have been cast in Page's role.

A source tells British newspaper The Express, "No one is doubting Ellen Page's acting abilities but why a BBC movie of Jane Eyre couldn't have a British actress as the lead is pretty hard to stomach."

It's not the first time an American actress has attracted controversy by playing beloved characters from classic English literature - last year (07) Anne Hathaway caused controversy when she was cast in the role of author Jane Austen in movie Becoming Jane. (CAM/WNTEX/JC)

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