My Cousin Rachel: Exclusive featurette examines the eternal writing of Daphne du Maurier

Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin star in a brand new adaptation of a classic tale of dark Gothic romance 

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Thursday 25 May 2017 13:36
Daphne Du Maurier previewed in trailer and interview

Daphne du Maurier's passionate, ethereal, tragedy-laced work has always seemed prime for cinematic adaptation; with the latest being Roger Michell's new take on My Cousin Rachel.

Published in 1951, it's a dark tale of passion: Philip, a young man of wealthy means, slowly finds himself falling in love with his cousin Rachel, while also harbouring suspicions she may be responsible for the death of his godfather, Ambrose.

Sam Claflin here stars as Philip, with Rachel Weisz as the titular cousin; alongside Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Frair.

Director Roger Michell is best known for the classic British romance Notting Hill, alongside the likes of Enduring Love and Le Week-End; though the trailer here does seem to ensure the film will be following closely to the novel's Gothic leanings.

A new featurette examines du Maurier's world, which translates so beautifully to film without feeling dated or any less passionate.

My Cousin Rachel is released in UK cinemas on 9 June.

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