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Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley againÖ

Working Title and Netflix are heading back to Manderley with a new adaptation of Rebecca, the 1938 Daphne du Maurier gothic thriller. The novel has never gone out of print, and it was adapted into a Best Picture-winning film starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in 1940.

EW can confirm that Working Title and Netflix are returning to du Maurierís classic and will be adapting it from a script by Jane Goldman (Kingsman) with British director Ben Wheatley (High Rise) at the helm.

Lily James is attached to star as the second Mrs. de Winter; the novel is told from her first-person perspective and we never learn her first name. Armie Hammer is also onboard to portray Maxim de Winter, the novelís brooding Gothic hero, originally played by Laurence Olivier.

Rebecca follows a young woman who comes to live with her new wealthy husband in his estate on the coast of England and finds herself struggling to fight against the legacy of Maximís first wife, Rebecca, a mysterious and beautiful woman whose influence continues to haunt the house and its denizens.

The original 1940 film not only won legendary producer David O. Selznick a best picture Oscar, but it also marked Alfred Hitchcockís only Academy Award nomination. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars, including acting nods for Fontaine, Olivier, and Judith Anderson as the obsessive housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. It only won two ó best picture and best black and white cinematography.

Further details including additional casting and potential release date are still to be announced.
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In for James and du Maurier
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I love the Hitchcock version. Seems like a good cast.
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A young newlywed arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. A modern adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's gothic novel comes to Netflix: starring Armie Hammer, Lily James, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

Cool. I want to see that. Love those leads.
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oooh, that looks splendid. and i love Lily James.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

I wonder if this will be more faithful adaptation to the novel than the Hitchcock version? Judging by the trailer, I don't think that's the case. The Hitchcock version is one of my favourite film so I'll wait to see how it compares.
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Man, I had always thought Joan Fontaine had won an Oscar for the original, but she didn't. Had thought that maybe Mrs. DeWinter might join Vito Corleone and, um, The Joker in that rarefied air, but it is not to be.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

I saw the original film introduced by Guillermo del Toro when he was close to releasing Crimson Peak. That was pretty neat.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

Ben Wheatley, Lily James & Armie Hammer? I'm definitely interested.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

Hammer is too young for this role ...
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

This is out now.

It's 123 minutes

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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

Originally Posted by Gunde
Hammer is too young for this role ...
​​​​​​What now?
Hammer is 36.
Olivier was 33 when the original came out.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

I liked it ok, but have never seen the Hitchcock version. I plan to watch that today for comparison. There are apparently a few changes between the movies and the original book.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

I enjoyed this for the most part. It was well acted and the scenery was beautiful. I never watched the Hitchcock version so I have nothing to compare this to but this version was above average and Iíd recommend it for anyone trying to find something new to watch.

Side note, one of my biggest DVD buying regrets is not blind buying the Criterion version of Rebecca when I had the chance. It went OOP shortly after and I never got around to picking it up.

...The Criterion art work is still my #1 cover of all time. Simply gorgeous!
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

I watched it over the weekend. It was pretty good, but I think they could have shortened the romance part at the beginning. It seemed like they were taking their time with that, then the rest of the story felt a little rushed. It would have made a pretty good miniseries. I didn't see the Hitchcock version, but I saw a BBC version on PBS a year or so ago. That was good, but it did not have the budget this one did and relied on dialogue to explain more of the plot points that this one was able to show.
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Re: Rebecca (2020, D: Ben Wheatley) S: Lily James, Armie Hammer -- Netflix

Great-looking film and good castóa worthy adaptation. The Hitchcock film is great but I honestly havenít seen it in a few years. I know the ending
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, and I donít believe they spent as much time on the opening romance, but I was ok with explaining the attraction between the leads rather than, say, more creepiness at the mansion.

Is it a necessary film? Probably not, but the story is worth exposing to the much larger audience a new Netflix film will get compared to an 80 (!)-year-old B&W movie thatís not even available for purchase on digital services and isnít included in standard Hitchcock collections because itís a different studio.

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