Netflix has dropped the first trailer for Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca, the new screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel. This looks like a change of pace for Wheatley, who usually does films with a darkly comic bent.
All involved are clear to point out that this version of Rebecca isn’t a remake of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, but that it’s actually a new film version of du Maurier’s tale. It looks good.
After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily 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 (Kristin Scott Thomas). Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire) and produced by Working Title Films (Emma, Darkest Hour), REBECCA is a mesmerising and gorgeously rendered psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel.