Kristin Scott Thomas joins Netflix’s Rebecca remake
According to Deadline, Academy Award-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas has joined the Netflix and Working Title remake of Rebecca, joining Lily James and Armie Hammer in the production. Director Ben Wheatley (High Rise) will be helming the Rebecca remake from a script by Jane Goldman (Kingsman franchise).
Daphne du Maurier’s novel, first published back in 1938, tells the story of a newly-married woman who arrives at her husband’s bleak coastal estate only to find she’s overshadowed by his previous wife. Like the title of the book, the late Rebecca’s legacy can be felt everywhere.
It’s not the first time du Maurier’s Rebecca has been adapted for the big screen. A version in 1940 directed by none other than Alfred Hitchcock, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It won Best Picture and Best Cinematography at the 12th annual Academy Awards and became a rare example of a film winning the night’s top award without receiving any for acting or direction. The novel was also adapted twice for English television, once in 1979 starring Jeremy Brett and once again for Masterpiece Theater in 1997 with Charles Dance and Diana Rigg.
Thomas recently starred in the big screen adaptation of Tomb Raider alongside Alicia Vikander, and the Oscar-winning drama Darkest Hour alongside Gary Oldman (which also starred James).