Netflix is bringing a classic mystery thriller to screens this week when its adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca drops on to the streaming platform.
British director Ben Wheatley is at the helm for this version of the tale, which follows an unnamed, newlywed young woman, Mrs De Winter (Lily James), who returns to live at the imposing family estate of her new husband Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer) on the English coast.
However she finds her life overshadowed by the memory of Maxim’s late first wife Rebecca, thanks in no small part to his menacing housekeeper Mrs Danvers.
Just who is in the cast of this new version – and when can you expect to see it?
Who is in the cast of Rebecca?
There are some pretty big names in the latest adaptation, with the cast led by Downton Abbey and Cinderella star Lily James as Mrs De Winter.
Maxim De Winter is played by Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, Call Me By Your Name) while Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings And A Funeral, The English Patient) plays Mrs Danvers.
Other cast members include Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge), Keeley Hawes (Line Of Duty, The Durrells), Sam Riley, Ann Dowd, Mark Lewis Jones and Ben Crompton.
Is there a trailer for Rebecca?
There certainly is, and you can watch it above.
What have the reviews said about Rebecca?
Although Lily James has been praised for her performance, reviews of the film have so far been mixed.
Entertainment Weekly lamented the lack of both Wheatley’s stamp and star Scott Thomas, calling the latter ‘the more serious crime’ in a ‘pretty, empty’ offering. However it praised James for bringing ‘her own strain of fierce, contained sweetness’ to her role.
The Guardian meanwhile, was more critical, although it did praise the film as ‘quite enjoyable in all its silliness and campiness and brassiness’.
NME said it was ‘not the worst’ adaptation adding: ‘It’s frustratingly fine…not quite good enough’, while Variety said:‘In a way, [Wheatley] seems to have fallen into a similar trap to the one that snared Hitchcock: In both versions, the producers take a dominant hand, overriding some of the directors’ instincts.’
What time is Rebecca released on Netflix?
The film is out today (October 22) and should be landing on Netflix around 8am.
That’s in keeping with the time of midnight at Netflix HQ in San Francisco.
Credit: Original article published here.