Acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) has signed on to direct a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, romantic, gothic thriller Rebecca, written by screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kingsman series, X-Men: First Class). Lily James and Armie Hammer will star in the Working Title Films and Netflix project.
The movie tells 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 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Her previous credits include Baby Driver alongside Ansel Elgort, Academy Award winner Darkest Hour, and Cinderella. James will soon be seen in the Untitled Danny Boyle Film.
Hammer will next be seen starring in Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai and Babak Anvari’s Untitled Project. His previous credits include the critically-acclaimed Call Me by Your Name, Sorry to Bother You, Nocturnal Animals, J.Edgar, The Social Network, and Ben Wheatley’s action-comedy Free Fire.
The producers of Rebecca are Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, as well as Nira Park.