Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz has joined the cast for Roger Michell’s adaptation of My Cousin Rachel. The cast will also include Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games), Holliday Grainger (Cinderella), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and acclaimed stage actor Simon Russell Beale (Into the Woods).
Based on the classic novel by Daphne Du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel is a dark romance about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his cousin, convinced that she murdered his guardian. After being won over by her charms and beauty, however, he’s unsure how to feel.
Director Roger Michell stated, “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. I look forward to bringing this thrilling story to the screen with such a brilliant cast.”
My Cousin Rachel begins principal photography on April 4 with the release date yet to be announced.