My Cousin Rachel, which hits theaters June 9th, has released some new images, and while they don’t exactly reveal anything integral to this adaptation, they certainly show off the charm and mood of the period piece.
The film stars Rachel Weisz as the titular character, which, if nothing else, alleviates concerns about not responding during production, with Sam Claflin as Philip and Iain Glen (one presumes) as Ambrose.
It’s unclear at this point where the adaptation is heading precisely, and whether director/writer Roger Michell is aiming to deliver something true to the du Maurier novel, or the Richard Burton/Olivia de Havilland film. The two have their differences, an idea noted even by du Maurier. It’s a question worth pondering, mainly because the tone and ending of neither fit very well within the confines of today’s “Hollywood ideals.” That’s perhaps a curious point to ponder in an adaptation, especially considering the reworking of events in Hitchcock’s Rebecca as a result of the Production Code.
Whatever the effort takes as its approach to the tonal and thematic elements, in this world of constant remakes and reboots, there is usually a reason that a film has been left alone for over 60 years, and it’s usually because making it appeal to audiences is a tricky game.
That said, even a passing delivery will get many to fall in love, and I’m especially interested to see Iain Glen in everything outside of Game of Thrones possible.
Give the images a look, and let us know what you think of this one.