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Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley is no stranger to ambitious adaptations. He’s one of the few filmmakers with the audacity and acumen required to tackle JG Ballard (as he did with 2015’s High-Rise), and he modeled his most recent film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead after Shakespeare’s military melodrama Coriolanus. Daphne du Maurier’s mysterious eerie 1938 novel Rebecca (famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940) though is an intriguing choice for the director’s latest film.

“Obsession, jealousy, paranoia, and ghosts…”

Lily James leads as a humble maid, catching the eye of the dapper Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer) while he’s on holiday and compelling him to bring her back to his home of Manderley as the new Mrs de Winter. But once at her palatial new abode, she’s constantly made to feel inadequate by the peculiarly intense housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas) who is devoted to the memory of Maxim’s late first wife Rebecca. Obsession, jealousy, paranoia, and ghosts follow. 

The plot might be known to anyone who’s seen the 1940 film or read the book, but Wheatley's talent for creating stylish atmosphere and his willingness to embrace the darker elements of human nature are sure to bring something original to the table. We can’t wait to see the results.

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