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The news that Daphne Du Mau­rier’s

Rebecca is get­ting the big-bud­get minis­eries treat­ment from Net­flix will be greeted with cau­tious op­ti­mism by fans of the clas­sic yarn. Hitch­cock’s orig­i­nal

1940 clas­sic was per­fectly cast and highly praised by the au­thor her­self, de­spite the fact that it di­luted a key plot point. It’s hard to imag­ine any­one bet­ter than Olivier as Maxim de Win­ter,

Ju­dith An­der­son as Mrs Dan­vers, Joan

Fon­taine as the sec­ond Mrs de Win­ter; or even Florence Bates as the beastly Mrs Van Hop­per. The new pro­duc­tion will star Lily James (above) and Ar­mie Ham­mer, but the key cast­ing will be that of evil Mrs Dan­vers; one of the great lit­er­ary cre­ations.

Fans of Pa­trick Dempsey will be heart­ened by the news that Dr McDreamy will soon be back on the small screen for a new ten-part Sky se­ries, Devils, a tale of dirty deal­ings in the Euro­pean banking sec­tor. Dempsey will chan­nel his in­ner Gordon Gekko to play an Amer­i­can in­vest­ment banker with great hair and great suits but few scru­ples.

Fol­low­ing her suc­cess with the TV drama se­ries, Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock and that co ee ad­vert with George

Clooney, Natalie Dormer has signed up for an­other eye-catch­ing TV role.

The Games of Thrones star will take the lead role in the up­com­ing biopic of the bril­liant but trou­bled English ac­tress,

Vivien Leigh. No word on the rest of the cast, but per­haps Natalie could ask her caf­feine buddy to take on the role of Lau­rence Olivier?

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