Love is complicated and, according to Netflix’s Rebecca, that’s an understatement. The streaming juggernaut released an official trailer for the film adaptation on Tuesday. Rebecca is based off the Daphne du Maurier 1938 Gothic novel of the same name. Two years later, cinema legend Alfred Hitchcock also morphed the novel into a classic film. Lily James stars as Mrs. de Winter, while Armie Hammer will play opposite her as the enigmatic Maxim de Winter.
Here’s the official synopsis courtesy of Deadline:
After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Hammer), a newly married young woman (James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).
Interestingly enough, it looks as though Rebecca will be bereft of an appearance from the dearly departed wife the film is named after. The trailer is fraught with tense scenes, especially between James and Thomas. Plenty of lush imagery and stunning 1930s costumes are present throughout. Although, judging solely on the trailer alone, I’m not sure I’m convinced that James and Hammer have chemistry.
But perhaps that’s the whole point — Hammer’s Maxim is still wholly in love with his departed wife Rebecca. On another note: I found the modern score a mite distracting. While sometimes a contemporary soundtrack/score works for period pieces, I believe it depends on the premise or story type. If it’s a romance/drama, I find a score that’s more in tune with the time period represented is perfect for transporting me to said time period.
You can check out the trailer below. Rebecca stars Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bill Paterson, Ann Dowd, Keeley Hawes, Sam Riley, Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Lewis Jones, and John Hollingworth. Director Ben Wheatley is at the helm with a script by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse.
Rebecca will darken our screens October 21st, only on Netflix.
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