I was just a teen when I saw the 1940’s Rebecca starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. It was my first foray into Gothic thrillers, and I loved it so much that I knew it wouldn’t be my last. I eventually got around to reading the book that inspired the film, which was written by Daphne du Maurier in 1938. Daphne du Maurier’s work was also the inspiration behind two of my other Hitchcock favorites – Jamaica Inn and The Birds, and now her writing is also the inspiration for the much anticipated film My Cousin Rachel based on her novel of the same name.
Starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, My Cousin Rachel is a dark romance that tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Watch the trailer here: