Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’

Lawrence Kim
November 15, 2018

Lily James is to play the lead role in a film remake of Daphne du Maurier's classic gothic novel Rebecca. Among the new things he's bringing are actors Lily James and Armie Hammer, and Kingsman and X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman.

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Rebecca follows a young woman who comes to live with her new wealthy husband in his estate on the coast of England and finds herself struggling to fight against the legacy of Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, a mysterious and handsome woman whose influence continues to haunt the house and its denizens. The novel has never gone out of print, and it was adapted into a Best Picture-winning film starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in 1940. While I can't say I'm a fan of each and every one of his films, he has a unique style and I'm certainly eager to see what he does with this kind of material, not to mention two stars in their prime such as James and Hammer.

The bar is high for adaptations of this particular novel, given that Alfred Hitchcock's version won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture, but we're confident Wheatley will bring something new to the project to differentiate it. Earlier this year, he starred in Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You".

Hammer will next appear in Mimi Leder's "On the Basis of Sex", Anthony Maras' "Hotel Mumbai", and Babak Anvari's untitled movie.

Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan Working Title are producing the pic with Nira Park.

James is represented by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management. Wheatley is repped by WME, Independent Talent Group and Bloom Hergott.

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