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The first photographs of Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in their new film My Cousin Rachel have been released.

My Cousin Rachel will be adapted from Daphne Du Maurier’s gothic romance novel of the same name, about a young Englishman called Philip who inherits his guardian’s Cornish estate. Philip soon finds himself falling for his beguiling cousin Rachel, but his feelings are complicated when evidence suggests that she murdered Philip’s guardian and is only showing an interest in Philip to steal his inheritance.

Philip will be played by Hunger Games star Sam Claflin, who can currently be seen in The Huntsman: The Winter’s War. Holliday Grainger, Game of Thrones actor Iain Glenn and Simon Russell Beale will also feature in the film, directed by Roger Michell, whose credits include Notting Hill. Grainger and Claflin have already worked together in the film The Riot Club, about a raucous Oxbridge drinking society.

This is not the first time Du Maurier’s 1951 novel has been adapted for the big screen. It was made into a film only a year after publication, starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton, and was nominated for four Oscars. Michell has described the his new version as “at once detailed, dark, sexy, cinematic and full of surprises”. Filming has been taking place since April, in England and Italy.

Perhaps the most famous adaptation of one Du Maurier’s stories, however, is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, which has gained cult status as one of the most iconic horror films of the Twentieth Century.

Adaptations of Du Maurier’s novels have come back into fashion in recent years, such as the BBC’s 2014 version of Jamaica Inn. The adaptation starred Jessica Brown Findlay, but came under fire for the mumbling Cornish accents, rendering large swathes of the programme incomprehensible.

My Cousin Rachel will be released in 2017


SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk

The Oscar winner’s latest film – a mystery set in a dystopian future – is hard to crack open, but if it signifies anything, as far as Weisz is concerned, it’s how daring her choices as an actress are becoming

When it comes to her new film The Lobster, Rachel Weisz is struggling to put it into words. “I’m so inside it, I don’t know how to interpret it,” she says. Her director, the Greek-born Yorgos Lanthimos, who co-wrote the story with his regular writer Efthymis Filippou, clearly didn’t offer her many clues during the shoot. “The most intellectual conversations I’ve ever had are with you,” she cries. “Nothing with Yorgos. Nothing! Nothing!”

The British-born Weisz, 46, seems content with letting others analyse The Lobster, a mysterious, Kafka-like fable set in a near-future dystopian world where single people are taken to a grim-looking hotel and given 45 days to find a mate. If they don’t, they get turned into an animal of their choosing and released into the wild.

“The whole thing struck me … it was just completely unique and bizarre,” says Weisz. “Yorgos created a universe which has totally different rules to the rules that we live in.”

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