Ben Wheatley has rounded out the cast for his upcoming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca by casting The Bodyguards’ Keeley Hawes.
Also newly cast in the film are Emmy Award Winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, Hereditary), Sam Riley (Free Fire, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones, Strike).
They join the already cast Lily James who will play the second Mrs. de Winter, a young woman who has married a rich, handsome, cold and fascinating widower Max De Winter only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died under mysterious circumstances several years earlier. Armie Hammer will play the role of Max De Winter, and Kristin Scott Thomas who takes on the infamous role of Mrs. Danvers.
The Gothic novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier was a best-seller between 1938 and 1965. The novel is a passionate, psychological and complex story which follows orphaned Rebecca as she works as a lady’s companion and learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers
The book had previously been brought to life on the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 and starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It won two Academy Awards, Best Picture and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations.
The film starts production this week in the UK and France.