If you want to be spooked this Halloween, but not be too scared in a gory horror movie way, there is a brand new film for you. Rebecca — streaming on Netflix now — is an adaptation of the 1938 gothic novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. It's about a woman (Lily James) who marries a wealthy man (Armie Hammer) and moves to his huge English estate, only to find out that everyone she encounters is obsessed with his dead wife, Rebecca. This includes the head maid (Kristin Scott Thomas) who is consumed by Rebecca to the point that she plots revenge on the new lady of the house.
Rebecca was previously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 with a film that starred Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. That Rebecca was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won Best Picture, so, yeah, it is a bold move to tell this story again.
This time, the thriller is directed by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Kill List) and adapted by Jane Goldman, who is known for the Kingsman movies, X-Men: First Class, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Click through to find out about how the two adaptations compare when it comes to their casts. The new Rebecca actors have some big, Golden Age of Hollywood shoes to fill.