Armie Hammer brings Lily James to Manderley in the first trailer for “Rebecca,” a modern take on Daphne du Maurier’s classic gothic thriller novel.
The Netflix film, directed by Ben Wheatley, follows a newly married woman (James) as she arrives at the English estate of her wealthy husband Maxim de Winter (Hammer). What begins as a whirlwind romance goes awry after she is haunted by the ghost of his dead first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy is kept alive by the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).
“She was the love of his life,” Mrs. Danvers tells James’ character in the trailer. “I wonder what she would think of you — taking her husband, using her name.”
“Rebecca” has been adapted numerous times for the stage and screen, most notably in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Oscar winning film. That film, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, was a critical and commercial hit. It scored 11 Academy Award nominations in total, the most of any contender that year.
The upcoming movie was written by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The cast also includes Tom Goodman-Hill, Keeley Hawes, Sam Riley, and Ann Dowd.
Wheatley’s credits include the psychological horror film “Kill List,” dystopian thriller “High Rise” and action comedy “Free Fire.” Goldman is best known for writing the screenplays of “Stardust,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and the follow-up “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” along with “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class.”
“Rebecca” is slated to release on Netflix on Oct. 21.
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