Part romance, part mystery, part Gothic period drama, My Cousin Rachel is set to be a cinematic experience you won’t want to miss
Academystars being romanceas a an black Award-winnerenigmaticwidow in beautythe Rachel suspense-filledsuspectedWeisz of My Cousin Rachel. Based on the classic novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier – the author behind such Alfred Hitchcock favourites as Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and The Birds – the film weaves a tale of desire, jealousy, obsession and betrayal as a young man starts to fall under the spell of the woman he suspects of murdering his guardian. Weisz stars as the titular femme fatale opposite fellow Brit Sam Claflin, best known as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games, as Philip. They head a top cast – including Game Of Thrones’ Iain Glen and Cinderella’s Holliday Grainger – guided by Notting Hill director Roger Michell, whose eclectic résumé also includes the thriller Enduring Love, costume drama Persuasion, and rom-com Le Week-end.
THE BIG PICTURE
Big-screen viewing is essential for taking in the film’s beautiful cinematography, which does justice to the picturesque locations in Italy and coastal Cornwall – where du Maurier set most of her works – and grand English country homes. This is a movie for anyone who loves great stories beautifully told with intense romance, gripping mystery, gorgeous locations and compelling characters. My Cousin Rachel is a tale of passion and intrigue that keeps the viewer guessing right to the very end.
BAD ROMANCE (above) Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin star as Rachel and Philip in scenes from the suspense-filled film; (right) My Cousin Rachel is in cinemas on June 8.