How The New Rebecca Cast Compares To The Original Hitchcock Movie

If you want to be spooked this Halloween, but not be too scared in a gory horror movie way, there is a brand new film for you. Rebecca — streaming on Netflix now — is an adaptation of the 1938 gothic novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. It's about a woman (Lily James) who marries a wealthy man (Armie Hammer) and moves to his huge English estate, only to find out that everyone she encounters is obsessed with his dead wife, Rebecca. This includes the head maid (Kristin Scott Thomas) who is consumed by Rebecca to the point that she plots revenge on the new lady of the house.

Rebecca was previously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 with a film that starred Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. That Rebecca was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won Best Picture, so, yeah, it is a bold move to tell this story again.


This time, the thriller is directed by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Kill List) and adapted by Jane Goldman, who is known for the Kingsman movies, X-Men: First Class, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Click through to find out about how the two adaptations compare when it comes to their casts. The new Rebecca actors have some big, Golden Age of Hollywood shoes to fill.

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Lily James Plays Mrs. de Winter

Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella) stars in Rebecca as the new Mrs. de Winter, who is also the story's narrator. The first name and maiden name of her character are never given, which contrasts the fact that the name "Rebecca" is said constantly.
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Joan Fontaine Played Mrs. de Winter

In the Hitchcock adaptation, the second Mrs. de Winter is played by Joan Fontaine. Fontaine was nominated for the Academy for Best Actress for the film. She also worked with Hitchcock on Suspicion, for which she won the Oscar in 1942.
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Armie Hammer Plays Maxim de Winter

The narrator's husband, Maxim de Winter is played by Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name, The Social Network). Mr. de Winter is a mysterious rich guy, who owns a large estate called Manderley, falls in love with his new wife fast, and will not talk about Rebecca, okay?! As the movie shows, he ends up having a good reason for that.
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Laurence Olivier Played Maxim de Winter

Hammer is taking on a role that was originally played by Laurence Olivier, one of the most prolific and awarded actors ever. Olivier was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for playing Maxim.
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Kristin Scott Thomas Plays Mrs. Danvers

Mrs. Danvers is the creepy head maid at Manderley, who has an obsession with Rebecca and keeping the house exactly as it was when she was alive. Kristin Scott Thomas (Gosford Park, The English Patient) takes on the role this time around.
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Judith Anderson Played Mrs. Danvers

In 1940, the role of Mrs. Danvers went to Judith Anderson, an Australian character actor, who was popular during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Given that Rebecca had 11 Oscar nominations, you won't be surprised to hear that Anderson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
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Ann Dowd Plays Mrs. Van Hopper

She's only in the first part of the movie, but Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale, Hereditary) definitely leaves an impression as Mrs. Van Hopper, the woman Mrs. de Winter works for before meeting her husband. She has to play a stuck up elitist and a woman who vomits on herself in bed.
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Florence Bates Played Mrs. Van Hopper

Like Judith Anderson, Florence Bates was also known as a character actor, so it makes sense that she'd take on the role of the snobby Mrs. Van Hopper. She's also known for her roles in Kitty Foyle, On the Town, and A Letter to Three Wives.
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Sam Riley Plays Jack Favell

Jack Favell is Rebecca's cousin/lover, who tries to take down Mr. de Winter. He's played by Sam Riley, who you may know from Control and Maleficent.
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George Sanders Played Jack Favell

In Hitchcock's version, Jack Favell was played by George Sanders. Sanders is known for his roles in All About Eve, Ivanhoe, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also voiced Shere Khan in The Jungle Book animated movie.
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Keeley Hawes Plays Beatrice Lacy

Beatrice Lacy is Maxim's kind, chatty sister who comes to visit a Manderley couple of times. She's played by Keeley Hawes, who is known for The Durrells in Corfu and Death at a Funeral.
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Gladys Cooper Played Beatrice Lacy

Gladys Cooper was Beatrice in 1940. Cooper was a stage and film actor, who is known for My Fair Lady, The Song of Bernadette, and Now, Voyager. For each of these films she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
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John Hollingworth Plays Giles Lacey

Beatrice's husband, Giles Lacey, is played by John Hollingworth in the new film. Hollingworth is known for roles in Poldark, 1917, and The Crown.
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Nigel Bruce Played Giles Lacy

The original Giles Lacey was Nigel Bruce. Bruce went on to act for Hitchcock again in Suspicion, along with his Rebecca cos-star Joan Fontaine.
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Tom Goodman-Hill Plays Frank Crawley

Frank Crawley is the estate manager at Manderley, and the role is taken on by Tom Goodman-Hill, who is known for Humans and The Imitation Game.
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Reginald Denny Played Frank Crawley

Manderley's estate manager was played in the first film by Reginald Denny. The actor also appeared in Anna Karenina, The Little Minister, and Private Lives, among others films.
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Jane Lapotaire Plays the Grandmother

The unnamed de Winter family matriarch is a new character, who does not appear in the novel or in the 1940 Rebecca movie. But, if you saw her and thought she looked familiar that may be because actor Jane Lapotaire played Princess Alice on The Crown and Princess Kuragin on Downton Abbey.
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