From Ben Wheatley, the acclaimed director of Free Fire and High-Rise, and Working Title Films, the company behind cinema’s most celebrated literary adaptations and prestige films such as Emma. and Darkest Hour, comes Rebecca, a sumptuous new interpretation of the iconic 1938 novel by British author Daphne du Maurier. At once romantic and mysterious, Wheatley’s Rebecca offers a distinctively modern take on du Maurier’s gothic tale of secrets, jealousy, and inescapable pasts — and varnishes it in a patina reminiscent of classic Hollywood.
Starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas, Rebecca immerses the viewer in a beautifully crafted Russian doll of genres. What begins as a sweeping romance in sun-kissed Monte Carlo cunningly moves into the darker psychological territory after the newlyweds, Maxim de Winter (Hammer) and his second wife (James) arrive at Manderley — his imposing estate (and the object of one of literature’s most famous opening lines) — where the young woman finds herself battling the haunting legacy of Maxim’s first wife, the titular Rebecca, and Mrs. Danvers (Thomas), the sinister housekeeper bent on keeping her former mistress’s memory alive.
In its final act, Rebecca turns the screw once more as a psychological thriller gives way to propulsive mystery. The story invites readers to reexamine their memories of what they thought they believed about this epically twisted, complicated love story — and beckons an entirely new generation of viewers to discover its dark corners anew.
Rebecca is available on Netflix globally on October 21st, 2020.