October is shaping up to be a busy month for Netflix and gothic romances. Last week the streamer announced “The Haunting of Bly Manor” will hit the service on October 9, and today they followed that news with another haunting period drama.
“Rebecca,” directed by Ben Wheatley (“High Rise,” “Free Fire”) will hit Netflix on October 21, 2020. The drama, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, follows a young newlywed joining her husband at his sprawling estate, all while trying to fill the shoes of his deceased first wife. Here’s the official Netflix log line:
“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).”
What seems to begin as a charming romance will quickly devolve into an all-out psychological thriller. “Rebecca” is based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel.
“Rebecca” debuts in select theaters and on Netflix October 21, 2020.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.