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Kristin Scott Thomas to Play Mrs. Danvers in ‘Rebecca’

Kristin Scott Thomas, nominee for 1996’s Academy Award for Best Actress for The English Patient, has joined Lily James and Armie Hammer in the Netflix adaptation of Rebecca.


"Rebecca" Book Cover

In 1938 the world received Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel Rebecca. The novel a naïve young woman in her early 20s who marries with a wealthy Englishman, George Fortescue Maximilian “Maxim” de Winter, only to discover there are secrets involving Maxim’s deceased second wife.

The novel has stayed in the public consciousness, being listed as at number 14 on the UK survey The Big Read in 2003 and even winning the UK’s favorite book of the past 225 years in a poll by bookseller W H Smith, even beating out 1984 by George Orwell.

Obviously, given this popularity, the book has been adapted numerous times across various different formats – from radio to television to film.


Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca"


Infamously, Alfred Hitchcock made the first adaptation, which currently holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

But the show must go on, as they say, and a new adaptation is in the works. Previously, we here in the Bookstr family reported that Lily James and Armie Hammer had joined the cast, but in a new update brought to us by Deadline: Kristin Scott Thomas has joined the cast.


Kristin Scott Thomas

Recently, Kristen Scott Thomas appeared in Darkest Hour as Clementine Churchill, a role which got her the nomination for a BAFTA Award. Now she’s apart of this Ben Wheatley film (whose previously worked on A Field in EnglandHigh-Rise, and Free Fire).

Moviefone reveals that Kristen Scott Thomas will portray the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. I wonder what she’ll look like?

It might be a long wait, but at least the film is set to shoot this summer in the UK and France.


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'Call Me By Your Name'

André Aciman Announces ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel

In January 2018, box offices saw the rise of a surprise smash hit—Call Me By Your Name, a film adaptation of an obscure queer bildungsroman. The story explores the summer romance between two lovers, each of whom is coming of age in his own distinct way. Elio, a teenager, is just discovering the world. Oliver, a graduate student, is still learning to inhabit it. In November 2017, just months before the adaptation, André Aciman‘s novel had sold only 618 copies. Now—over ten years after the novel’s publication—Aciman is writing a sequel.


Call Me By Your Name fan tweets

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Just this month, Aciman tweeted: “I would actually love a sequel to Call Me By Your Name. In fact I am writing one.” The author isn’t the only one interested in the project—the film’s stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet have both publicly expressed their enthusiasm. Chalamet responded: “I don’t see any world where it doesn’t happen. I think André is comfortable with a sequel being made. And I know Armie and I are 1,000 percent in.” Hammer confirmed Chalamet’s remarks: “BOOOOOOOOM!”


Armie, Timothy, and Luca

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Only screenwriter James Ivory is out, citing disbelief that a sequel would be possible. “I can’t imagine having to make Timothée Chalamet look forty-five,” Ivory remarked. “I mean, that would be horrendous and so fake looking.” Ivory’s comments clearly referenced the novel’s epilogue, which takes place over the next fifteen years of Elio and Oliver’s lives. Fans should be relieved that there’s no evidence to suggest that the sequel takes place that far in the future.


Elio and Oliver kiss in 'Call Me By Your Name'

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What might viewers and readers alike expect to see in Aciman’s sequel instead? Director Luca Guadagnino imagines a sequel set in 1990, “the time of the fall of communism and the start of the new world order and the so-called ‘The End of History.'” He also has strong ideas about the characters—including the firm belief that Elio would not yet be ready to embrace his identity as a gay man. (Maybe because he’s obviously bisexual? We can hope.) “I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia again,” Guadagnino commented. While Aciman himself hasn’t given more detailed insight into the contents of the sequel, fans are eagerly waiting for updates.

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