Lily James and Armie Hammer have both signed onto a new thriller film for Netflix. Directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) the film will be an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, romantic, gothic thriller penned by screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kingsman series, X-Men: First Class). So far the cast-list is very short but Netflix did give a synopsis of the film in today’s announcement.
“Rebecca” has been made into movies and TV events in the past. One of the most famous versions was with director Alfred Hitchcock, that adaption starred Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and George Sanders.
The film will tell 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.
James was most recently be seen in the popular sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” with Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Cher, and Meryl Streep. The film was an enormous success for Universal Pictures, opening at number-one with a $34M debut before grossing over $393M worldwide. James also starred in the film “Baby Driver” alongside Ansel Elgort, Academy Award Winner “Darkest Hour,” and Disney’s live-action “Cinderella”. James will soon be seen in the Untitled Danny Boyle Film.
As for Armie Hammer, his next role will be starring in Mimi Leder’s “On The Basis of Sex,” Anthony Maras’ “Hotel Mumbai” and Babak Anvari’s Untitled Project. Previous credits include critically acclaimed “Call Me By Your Name,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “J.Edgar,” “The Social Network” and and Ben Wheatley’s action-comedy “Free Fire”.
Netflix stopped short of confirming a release date for the big horror-thriller, but more information will most likely be announced as the film moves along into production. We hope to learn more about the supporting cast, and we will most likely get a few teaser-trailers to go with the release date.