Netflix’s Rebecca, inspired by the classic 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier, debuts worldwide on October 21, 2020. Although Netflix had previously dropped several teaser images for the upcoming movie, primarily featuring Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Call Me By Your Name) as the wealthy, enigmatic Maxim de Winter, the full trailer for the film debuted today via the Film on Netflix Twitter account.
𝐿𝒶𝓈𝓉 𝓃𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝐼 𝒹𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓂𝓉 𝐼 𝓌𝑒𝓃𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝑀𝒶𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝓁𝑒𝓎 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃.
REBECCA, coming to Netflix globally 21 October. pic.twitter.com/fNr6UXO95H
— Netflix Tudum (@NetflixTudum) September 8, 2020
One of the most classic and beloved Gothic novels of all time, Rebecca tells the story of an unnamed woman (Baby Driver and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’s Lily James) who becomes the second wife of Maxim de Winter. After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo, the pair return to de Winter’s country estate, Manderley, where Mrs. de Winter is constantly haunted by reminders of Max’s deceased, seemingly perfect first wife, the titular Rebecca. Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour, Tomb Raider) rounds out the cast as Mrs. Danvers, the Rebecca-obsessed housekeeper who serves as a primary antagonistic force in the film.
This 2020 re-imagining of Rebecca is directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England) and written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. It is inspired by the original novel rather than the 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which won a number of awards, including Best Picture, and became known as a classic for psychological horror.
As the trailer shows, Rebecca blends the highs of whirlwind romance with the lows of self-doubt and psychological torture. James and Hammer’s chemistry is palpable, and the hints of the pall Rebecca casts over Manderley will send a chill down the spine of even the most seasoned horror viewer. Luckily, there’s only just over a month left until the film debuts – because after watching this trailer, it’s hard to wait!