Netflix has released an exciting set of first-look shots for their film adaption of Rebecca – Dame Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 literary classic – which is coming out soon. The streaming giant has described the movie as a “mesmerising and gorgeously rendered psychological thriller” and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s what we know so far…
What’s the plot of Rebecca?
The story centres around newlyweds Mr and Mrs de Winter and is told through flashbacks of the new Mrs de Winter. Upon arriving at Manderlay, her new husband’s sprawling estate along the English coastline, she becomes haunted by his late wife, Rebecca.
The official synopsis reads: “After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Hammer), a newly married young woman (James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Scott Thomas)”.
Who’s in the Netflix adaption?
Following in the footsteps of Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous and multi-Oscar-winning 1940 adaption, Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) will star as Mr and Mrs de Winter.
The stellar casting doesn’t stop there. Mrs Danvers will be played by Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) will play sister Beatrice Lacy, with Sam Riley (Maleficent) starring as Jack Favell, Rebecca’s cousin. Other cast members include Ann Dowd (Handmaid’s Tale), Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones), and Humans star Tom Goodman-Hill.
When will it be released?
Netflix’s Rebecca is dropping on 21st October 2020. Mark the date in your diaries, people.