If cinemas are beginning to gear up for main new films once more, that isn’t slowing down Netflix – the streaming service has a bunch of thrilling movies arising within the closing months of 2020, together with the newest movie from Ben Wheatley. The prolific British filmmaker is again with Rebecca, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s literary basic which stays one of many defining gothic romance texts, famously delivered to the display earlier than in a beloved adaptation by none apart from Alfred Hitchcock. Wheatley’s take boasts a starry forged together with Armie Hammer as tall, mysterious widower Maxim de Winter, Kristin Scott Thomas because the menacing Mrs. Danvers, and – most significantly – Lily James as the brand new Mrs. de Winter, residing inescapably within the shadow of Maxim’s useless ex-wife, Rebecca.
Talking to Empire within the new Dune difficulty, Wheatley spoke about his new adaptation – and that it’s not supposed in any respect as an try and hint over Hitchcock’s previous floor. “It’s not, in any sense, a remake of the Hitchcock film,” the director says, “firmly not. Remaking a film is not that interesting to me, but the original source material is. I watched all the adaptations. It’s important to see what’s gone before, but that’s certainly not the focus.” And in comparison with the likes of Free Hearth, Kill Record, and Sightseers, it needs to be a really totally different sort of Ben Wheatley film. “I wanted to make something that had more love in it,” he explains. “It’s part of trying to investigate other parts of being human. Rebecca has dark elements, and it has a psychological, haunting story within it, but it’s also about these two people in love. That was the main thing.”
Learn Empire’s full Rebecca function – happening set to Manderley, and talking to Wheatley, Lily James, Armie Hammer, and extra – within the new difficulty, out now with two covers to gather. Rebecca is streaming on Netflix from 21 October.