Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd Join Netflix Adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’

Sam Riley and Ben Crompton also sign on

Working Title has rounded out the casting for “Rebecca,” its Ben Wheatley-helmedadaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel for Netflix.

Keeley HawesAnn DowdSam Riley and Ben Crompton will all star in the gothic thriller. They join the previously announced cast of the film, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Armie Hammer.

The screenplay for the adaptation, which was first published in 1938, hails from Jane Goldman (“Kick-Ass”). Filming gets underway next week, and will take place in the U.K. and France.

The Netflix original will recount the story of a newly married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Working Title’s Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Nira Park are producing. Their film and TV production company is backed by NBCUniversal.

Hawes is coming off the success of hit U.K.-produced series “Bodyguard,” which aired on the BBC in Britain and on Netflix in the U.S. and international markets. Dowd’s recent credits include “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Riley has been in “Free Fire,” and Crompton in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Hawes is repped by Troika and LINK Entertainment, Riley by WME and Tavistock Wood, and Dowd by Innovative and Principal Entertainment.

Based on the Gothic romance novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is a classic tale of love and hate. Maxim De Winter marries a woman half his age only a year after his first wife, the beautiful and accomplished Rebecca, dies. She finds herself in an aristocratic social world her middle-class upbringing did not prepare her for, and housekeeper Mrs. Danvers despises her for taking her darling Rebecca’s place. But these are not the only problems to face…


I have to admit this is one of my very favorite films.  For the sake of a bit of trivia, the name of Rebecca has been, in the past, a character that has never been seen.  I tend to watch this 2-3 times a month. I know I need my head examined.  I love and own both versions. The 1940 original starred Sir Laurence Olivia and Joan Fontaine, along with George Sanders and Judith Anderson as the cunning Mrs. Danvers.   The 1997 version with Charles Dance, Emilia Fox, Jonathan Cake, and Dianna Rigg as Mrs. Davers.  I loved them both equally with a slight edge to the 1940 version.

Another point of interest is that both Mrs. Danvers were nominated for awards:

Dianna Rigg – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Judith Anderson – The movie was a huge critical and commercial success and Anderson was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

 

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1997

 

I’m expecting a lot out of this new version with Keeley Hawes.

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