“Game of Thrones” star Iain Glen and stage actor Simon Russell Beale have joined Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger in Fox Searchlight’s dark romance “My Cousin Rachel.” Roger Michell is directing with principal photography beginning April 4 and continuing through mid June in England and Italy. The movie is based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier and adapted by Michell.
The film is produced by Kevin Loader with Anita Overland as co-producer.
“So many really great films have grown out of the works of Daphne Du Maurier: ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘The Birds, ‘Rebecca’ … and here’s another of her classics which is at once detailed, dark, sexy, cinematic and full of surprises,” Michell said. “I look forward to bringing this thrilling story to the screen with such a brilliant cast.”
The film is centered on a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings turn complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
The book, originally published in 1951, was previously adapted into a film by Henry Koster starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.