Movies: Rebecca; William Burroughs Project

Kristin Scott Thomas has joined Lily James and Armie Hammer in the cast of Netflix's film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca, the Bookseller reported. Scott Thomas will play Mrs. Danvers, the sinister housekeeper. The Working Title project will be directed by Ben Wheatley (High-Rise) and starts production this summer in the U.K. and France.


Kristen Stewart, Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) and Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) will lead the cast "in a movie inspired by the early works and letters of iconic U.S. writer William Burroughs," Deadline reported, noting that "this will be a hot one at the Cannes market next week."

Foster is making his directorial debut on the film and has written the script with Oren Moverman (Time Out of Mind). The project "explores the unusual love triangle between Burroughs (Foster), his unsung, brilliant, charismatic, common-law muse, Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young, straight-laced American ex-pat named Allerton (Glynn-Carney) who upends their lives to the extreme," Deadline wrote.

"We have found the perfect partners in Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams," Foster said. "We are delighted to align our film with their formidable taste and reputation to celebrate this unique, untold love story. Our film is kind of anti-Beat. We meet our star-crossed lovers in New York City, head to the Texas border, roar through Mexico City's underbelly, and end up in the Amazon jungle. This film is about love, sex and self-discovery in all of its lush, dark and often hilarious complexity."

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