Netflix is taking us back to Manderley with a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel Rebecca.
The film stars Lily James (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Mrs. de Winter, newly married to Maxim De Winter played by Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name). He brings her to his estate at Manderley, but she soon discovers that the expansive home is haunted by the memory–and possibly the spirit–of his first wife, Rebecca. Kristin Scott Thomas also stars in the adaptation as Mrs. Danvers, a maid obsessed with her former mistress.
du Maurier’s novel is a masterpiece all its own that has remarkably never been out of print since it was first published in 1938. It has been adapted for the stage and screen numerous times including a stage version written by du Maurier herself and in a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 which won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Hitchcock’s version set a high bar for those who would follow with a stellar cast including Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson. Anderson’s performance as Mrs. Danvers was particularly chilling.
Ben Wheatley (Kill List) directs this new adaptation written by Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black), Joe Shrapnel (Frankie and Alice), and Anna Waterhouse (The Aftermath).
The film is set to debut October 21, 2020 on Netflix.
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