Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier‘s acclaimed novel, Rebecca. Previously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940, this version is helmed by Ben Wheatley and stars Lily James and Armie Hammer.
Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse (Seberg) have written the script, which revolves around the romance between widower Maxim de Winter and his new love, which soon turns dark when the couple returns to the de Winter’s Manderley estate.
What initially began as a passionate affair between two single people soon mutates into a marriage defined by the secrets and lies surrounding the death of Maxim’s first wife,
the mysterious Rebecca.
Even when this project was announced, it felt like an odd fit for Wheatley, who usually works in more heightened genre fare such as Free Fire, Kill List and High Rise. This marks a departure from his usually fast-paced, masculine work to something that, judging by the trailer, looks a lot more patient and slow burn.
It will be interesting to see the reaction to the film considering that the Hitchcock version is heralded as a classic. The film certainly looks to have its share of decadence, and James and Hammer should be a compelling pair. Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley also have key roles in the film.
The film will hit Netflix on Wednesday, October 21.