The cast of Netflix's remake of Rebecca from filmmaker Ben Wheatley has added even more impressive cast members to an already impressive cast. Joining the previously announced Lilly James, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Armie Hammer will be Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, and Ben Crompton.
Based on the book by Daphne Du Maurier (who also wrote the book The Birds was based on), Rebecca has been adapted for both film and television multiple times, but none more famous than Alfred Hitchcock's haunting 1940 film that starred Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson. An idealistic young woman marries a wealthy aristocratic in a whirlwind romance, at first she is only too happy to be the second Mrs. de Winter, but upon arriving at her new lavish home, she finds the memory of his first wife very much alive. Hitchcock crafted a suspenseful psychological thriller that is still regarded as one of his best films. No pressure then Mr. Wheatley.
The new version will star Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter, Lilly James will be the second Mrs de Winter with Kristen Scott Thomas taking on the chilling role of obsessed housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. To be clear, she's obsessed with the first Mrs de Winter, not housekeeping, but I'm sure she takes her work duties as seriously as her creepiness. For a film that is almost 80 years old, Hitchcock's Rebecca is without a doubt the best adaptation of the material, but Wheatley is an exciting often unpredictable filmmaker that continually takes on new things. While his style might be cinematic marmite to some, you can't accuse the guy of making the same type of film over and over again. His 2017 star-studded Free Fire might be his most underrated offering to date; it's on Netflix right waiting to be a cult classic.
Written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman, Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel), Rebecca is mere weeks away from filming and is due to land on Netflix early next year.