First Glance: “Rebecca”


Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel has been adapted several times for stage and screen. Perhaps the most celebrated is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Ben Wheatley takes a stab at this alluring romantic thriller which will star the vastly underrated Lily James and feature Armie Hammer in his second significant October film role (the other being Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile”).

The first trailer lays out the story well. A young woman (James) is swept away by a debonair widower (Hammer). The two marry and settle into his Manderley estate where the memories of his old wife Rebecca haunt every room and every hall. Add a deliciously devious Kristen Scott Thomas playing the housekeeper who’s happy to add even more tension between the new couple. The trailer shows off a sparkling period production design but melds it with a creepy Gothic feel, both of which fit the story well. I’m excited for this one.

“Rebecca” premieres October 21st on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

17 thoughts on “First Glance: “Rebecca”

  1. I watched 1:32 of the trailer and oh heck yes, I’m watching it. I’ll tell you right now the first thing I would do as the new mistress is fire that housekeeper (and get a PPO out on her if those things existed back in the day.)

  2. I still haven’t seen the original version by Hitchcock which is one of many of his films that I have yet to watch. That I want to see first and maybe I’ll check this one out though the music that is played on the trailer I found to be very grating. I hate modern music. It’s so lazy and lifeless.

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