Ben Wheatley’s Adaptation Of “Rebecca” Finalises Cast, Begins Shooting In June

A new version of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca will begin shooting next week in the UK and France after finalising its cast which sees Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley and Ben Crompton join Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Armie Hammer.

Famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 as his first American project, Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca will get a decidedly different cinematic stage in the Jane Goldman-scripted, Ben Wheatley-directed film that begins shooting next week.

Written by the woman behind Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-Men: Days of Future Past and First Class, and directed by the man responsible for Kill List and Sightseers, we can expect to see a stylised horror with brutal kitchen sink realism and pitch black humour.

Having previously announced Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Armie Hammer, Netflix has revealed Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley and Ben Crompton have joined them on the production which begins shooting next week in the UK and France.

Potentially heightening the horror of this ghost drama, Goldman and Wheatley’s Rebecca has however been described as sticking closely to the source novel in its plotting. The story will tell how a newly-married young woman comes to find, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

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