We featured the First Look promo shots of the upcoming Rebecca remake and they didn’t exactly fill us with anticipation for its release. Now that the trailer is out, we have a more informed response, which is as follows:
Girl, we guess so. Although we think we’d be way more on board with this if it was simply titled Mrs. Danvers, a la the upcoming Sarah Paulson-starring Ratched series. Because Kristin Scott Thomas is literally the only part of this that looks remotely interesting. We like Lily James for the most part and find Armie Hammer pleasantly inoffensive most of the time, but man, you put these two together and it’s like a sea of blandness washing over you. They each need more electrifying onscreen partners to work well. The look of the thing is appealing enough, with some amazing set design and art direction on display, but we still don’t get Lily James’ costumes, which seem designed to obscure the time period as much as possible.
Of course we’ll be watching when it drops.
After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas). Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire) and produced by Working Title Films (Emma, Darkest Hour), REBECCA is a mesmerising and gorgeously rendered psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel.
Film Release Date: October 21, 2020
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
Screenplay By: Jane Goldman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse
Based on the Novel By: Daphne du Maurier
Produced By: Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Nira Park
Cast: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Lewis Jones, John Hollingworth, Bill Paterson
[Photo Credit: Netflix – Video Credit: Netflix via YouTube]
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