The film of Alfred Hitchcock Rebecca – The first wife, famous adaptation of the novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier, is a difficult film to match or even surpass, but the trailer for the new film version of the book, entitled Rebecca and with protagonists Armie Hammer e Lily James, lets us guess that we are in the presence of a very promising thriller full of suspense. The story is told to us as we expect it to be, but since several decades have passed since the masterpiece of the thrill master, which came out in 1940, there is naturally more space for a little sensuality and for warm lights and colors, ranging from to replace the iconic black and white. As for the principal interpreters, they certainly have an arduous task, because they call to confront the dark Sir Laurence Olivier and with a Joan Fontaine uncertain, insecure and scared. But they too seem up to the challenge launched by the English director Ben Wheatley.
However, who particularly catches our attention is Kristin Scott Thomas as the villain from the movie: the housekeeper of Manderlay Castle, where Massimo de Winter resides and where the presence of his first consort Rebecca it’s bulky to say the least. The Lady Danvers of the British actress is no less disturbing than the one played by Judith Anderson, especially when she says: “I wonder what (the lady) would think of her, who has stolen her husband and uses her name.”
Rebecca will debut on Netflix and will arrive in some cinemas on October 21st. The script is by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel e Anna Waterhouse, and in the cast there are also Tom Goodman-Hill, Keeley Hawes, Sam Riley e Ann Dowd. The director, who enjoyed mixing genres, considers the film above all a great love story. We are curious to find out what the Academy will think of it, which paid 11 nominations to the Hitchcockian transposition, then bestowing on her the statuette for best film and the one for best photography, which went to George Barnes.
After a passionate romantic adventure in Monte Carlo with charming widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a young newlywed (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s impressive family estate, located on a windy English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to familiarize herself with the traps of her new life, but finds herself fighting the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and courteous Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas). Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire) and produced by Working Title Films (Emma, Darkest Hour), REBECCA is a mesmerizing and beautifully rendered psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved gothic novel from 1938.