Addison DeWitt isn't in this one R2, sweetie but he'd be great as the sleazy cousin Jack Favell.
Okay R3 what about Dame Helen Mirren?
Yes she would be great R5, she was so creepy in Single White Female.
I want to see Jason Statham as Mr. De Winter jumping up, trying to reach the door knobs.
"Be there… in a minute…. my love."
Tilda Swinton as Mrs. Danvers
Carey Mulligan as the second Mrs. de Winter
Jon Hamm as Maxim de Winter
Rose Byrne as the second Mrs.
The lady who plays O'Brien on Downton Abbey as Danvers.
Rooney Mara as Mrs. Sanders.
Great choices R10!
Meryl Streep as Mrs. Danvers.
Agree with Jon Hamm as Maxim.
Anne Heche as the first Mrs. De Winter.
Rooney Mara as the second wife.
Colin Firth OR Kenneth Branaugh as Maxim
Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Danvers
Matthew Perry as the George Sanders cousin character
can't think of a good second Mrs. De Winter.
Ten years younger and Jennifer Connelly could be MDW II.
Mrs Danvers is younger than has been suggested. How about Janet McTeer?
Cate Blanchett for Danvers
Mia Wachakowski (sp?) as the second Mrs. DeWinter.
Jessica Chastain as the second Mrs. de Winter
Liev Schreiber as Maxim
Cherry Jones as Mrs. Danvers
James Purefoy as Jack
Or Carey Mulligan as the second Mrs. DeWinter. Thing young, people!
Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Danvers (grow up Nicole!)
Colin Firth as Maxim
an insightfully picked unknown for the second Mrs. De Winter
Let's talk about ages. IMHO the second Mrs. DeWinter should be quite young, under twenty-five. Young enough to assume everything wrong is her fault, and young enough to take people at face value. It's why I suggested Wasikowski (sp?), her age.
Mr. DeWinter should be considerably older, of course, but probably younger than Colin Firth. Forty, but not fifty, and with a nasty dark side carefully hidden under his upper-class repression. Could Tom Hardy do it?
Mrs. Danvers could be any age between thirty and seventy.
I think Mrs. Danvers should still be at an age where lust still plays a part.
The Second Mrs. de Winter: Romola Garai
Maxim de Winter: Clive Owen
Mrs. Danvers: Gillian Anderson
Jack Favell: Colin Farrell
Mrs. van Hopper: Glenn Close
Not Hamm, he's too goofy. Fassbender. You need someone broody.
Agree with Mulligan and Swinton though.
oooo Swinton would be cool
Mrs Danvers has my name written all over it.
Ooh, I like some of these ideas!
Second Jessica Chastain as the Second Mrs. DeWinter
Second Clive Owen as Max De Winter, although he's already a little old.
Second Choice: Fassbender, although I don't think he's dashing enough.
Second James Purefoy as Jack or Colin Farrell
Mrs D? Cherry Jones would be awesome, but isn't really the look. Jennifer Jason-Leigh can't act. Tilda Swinton sounds good.
Siobhan Finneran as Mrs. Danvers
Sophie McShera as the Second Mrs. de Winter
Rob James-Collier as Maxim de Winter
Jennifer Jason Leigh certainly can act and she would make a delicious Mrs. Danvers.
Elias Koteas as Maximum Bulge de Winter!
I'd love to see Hollywood today cast it:
"I" de Winter: Reese Witherspoon
Maxim: Zac Efron
Mrs. Danvers: Tyler Perry in drag
Jack Favell: Russell Brand
Mrs. van Hopper: Beyonce
Julianne Moore. Seriously.
Either Kate Nelligan or Cherry Jones as Mrs. Danvers.
A sober Joaquin Phoenix as Maxim.
Lily Rabe as the first Mrs. De Winter.
Jennifer Lawrence as the second wife.
Maxim: Jake Gyllenhaal
Rebecca: Reese Witherspoon
Mrs. DeWinter: Kristen Stewart
Mrs. Danvers: Angelina Jolie
Agree with Tilda as Danvers; my first thought.
t/j on Swinton; has anyone seen "We Need to Talk about Kevin'"?
Kathleen Turner caould play Manderley.
What about. Glennie as Danvers? Not the ego of Norma adesmond, but the fatal qualities she brought to Alex with the cold mater.nal of Jenny in Garp.
Wit & Wisdom for the Elias Koteas Troll at R32!
When Rebecca was made in 1940:
Laurence Olivier was 33
Joan Fontaine was 23
Judith Anderson was 43
Casting is horrendous now. It reminds me of "Mulholland Drive", where people get picked for roles not by talent or appeal, but by some secret dark force. I don't know Emma from Emily.
And what is it with the fear of the showing the body? I'm 110% gay, but even I like to see bimbos romping on the beach in bikinis. Some kind of weird puritanism going on in Gollyweird.
I don't think Cherry has the hauteur for Danvers. Janet McTeer has it in spades. I agree Jessica Chastain for second Mrs. D. First Mrs. D - Blanchett. Maxim - Jon Hamm is a good choice.
Dame Edna as Mrs. Dangers.
Cherry Jones is a very fine actress who is also an out Lesbian, so she therefore already has the hauteur needed for Mrs. Danvers. There is a certain subtext to Mrs. Danvers, R43.
With that being said. Kate Nelligan could play that part very well. She would chew the scenery, the cast, and the crew, and just spit it all out at the feet of the audience itself chillingly. WEHT her, by the way? Is she ill or retired?
Tom Cruise as Maxim
Nicole Kidman as the first Mrs de Winter
Katie Holmes as the second Mrs. de Winter
Mimi Rogers as Mrs Danvers
[quote]And what is it with the fear of the showing the body? I'm 110% gay, but even I like to see bimbos romping on the beach in bikinis. Some kind of weird puritanism going on in Gollyweird.
WTF does this possibly have to do with "Rebecca"? Are you saying you want to see a production with Mrs. Danvers in a bikini, and Max in a Borat-like chartreuse body thong?
I want to see Elias Koteas playing Maxim de Winter in a chartreuse body thong, heavily bulging at the crotch with the weight of his swarthy beer can dick and fat hairy Greek bullnuts.
Some of you are hideous at casting.
Many of the casting suggestions make it perfectly clear why this movie doesn't need to be remade.
Before you seriously suggest an American actor, please take the time to find out whether they've ever done a convincing English accent. Most young American actors are not trained in accents, and make fools of themselves when they try to play historical upper class roles.
Has Jessica Chastain ever shown she can do Brit english?
Well, Tilda Swinton can. And she can scare mousy young women into seriously considering suicide. She'd be ideal.
Why not a black woman as Mrs. Danvers, like Angela Bassett or Viola Davis?
I could see any of Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, or Amanda Seyfried as the second Mrs. DeWinter. But maybe that's just me.
Gillian Anderson as Mrs Danvers was a brilliant suggestion.
John Travolta as Dangers.
I thought the cast with Charles Dance, Emilia Fox and Diana Rigg caught their psychic ages best.
Dance was 50 (but played 42)
Fox was 24 (and played 21)
Rigg was 59 (and played a woman with only a sad memory of lust and Rebecca...)
[quote]Has Jessica Chastain ever shown she can do Brit english? Well, Tilda Swinton can.
She cheats. She's actually a Brit.
God I want another version of Rebecca so badly.
Mrs Danvers: I agree with Tilda Swinton, or Helen Mirren.
Maxim: I always thought Christian Bale but he doesn't seem charming and 'gentle' enough if that makes sense. Perhaps Michael Fassbender.
Mrs DeWinter: Carey Mulligan or a complete unknown. I can't think of anyone besides Carey right now who would be able to do the role justice.
Since someone mentioned Helen Mirren:
Ten years ago, Eleanor Bron would have made a great Mrs. Danvers. She has the perfect gothic look, but she's nearly 80 now and probably would be a little too old for the part. Her portrayal of Miss Minchin in A Little Princess reminded me of Danvers.
Eileen Atkins could probably do it too, but again, nearly 80.
Cate Blanchett is the same age (43) that Judith Anderson was in the 1940 film.
Anna Chancellor's another one that has the perfect gothic look for it, plus she's tall and can play intimidating.
"Maxim: I always thought Christian Bale but he doesn't seem charming and 'gentle' enough if that makes sense. Perhaps Michael Fassbender. "
Gentle? DeWinter isn't gentle, he's choking on supressed guilt and anger for most of the story - his second wife actually has to rescue from it (which is much more expicit in the book). But I get your point about Bale, who would probably play the role as too batshit to be redeemable. It's a story of redemption, after all.
Damn, can't someone get this film remade? The talent is out there!
I'm stuck on who could play the cousin. He needs to be a cad and menacing and someone who would believably have an affair with Rebecca.
Denzel as Maxim
Beyonce as "I"
Tyler Perry as Mrs. Danvers.
Elias Koteas as the cousin with an impressive trouser bulge
Wanda Sykes as Mrs. Danvers
I don't care about the other people in the film.
"Last night I dreamed I went to the Academy Awards and saw Wanda Sykes bring home OSCAR!"
walter, monheit, the publicist's friend
I also think the Gillian Anderson suggestion is brilliant, unexpected, and completely and utterly true. She could be brilliant in the role.
Sometimes posters here are astonishingly sharp.
Hugh Jackman as Maxim de Winter
Emma Watson as the second Mrs. de Winter
Bebe Neuwirth as Mrs. Danvers
Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Van Hopper
R60 - I am aware of that but he suppresses his anger well a lot of the time and comes off as charming, placid and even a little bit dull when he isn't having one of his Rebecca-related outbursts. Olivier was great as Maxim - charming and good-natured on the outside with the suppressed anger and darkness that bursts out at times. And yes I fear that Bale would not make him redeemable enough and would overdo the crazy. Rebecca is actually very similar to Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender did a great Rochester so I think that he could pull it off.
[quote]Rebecca is actually very similar to Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender did a great Rochester so I think that he could pull it off.
That's exactly why Fassbender should never do it. Rebecca is basically a re-writing of Jane Eyre--you should never do adaptations of both novels, or you will risk being typecast forever.
Beth Grant would make a fucking awesome Ms. Danvers.
Michael Fassbender- Maxim de Winter
Carey Mulligan The second Mrs. de Winter II
Gillian Anderson- Mrs. Danvers
I still say Matt Bomer as Jack Favell
Soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian
You forgot to mention that in the remake with Charles Dance, Emillia Fox and Diana Rigg, the role of Mrs. Van Hopper was played by DL favorite --
Matt Bomer was Krystle Carrington!
Maxima: Charlize Theron
The second Mr. de Winter: Eddie Redmayne
Mr. Danvers: Ralph Fiennes
Mrs Van Hopper - Piper Laurie.
[quote] Piper Laurie
Dead as a doornail.
[quote] Dead as a doornail.
Yes. Terrible how they brought her corpse to the recent opening of Carrie - The Musical at te Lucille Lortel.
Tony Goldwyn as Max! He has a Laurence Olivier quality about him.
I know that this is all in fun, but Hitchcock's movies should be left as they are. A remake can never do them justice. Hitchcock is considered the master of suspense for a reason. The rest are just imitators.
Mama Bates In The Cellar
[quote]Tom Cruise as Maxim
[quote]Nicole Kidman as the first Mrs de Winter
[quote]Katie Holmes as the second Mrs. de Winter
[quote]Mimi Rogers as Mrs Danvers
And David Miscavige as Mrs. van Hopper
Lindsay Lohan as "Rebecca"
Yes, I know Rebecca doesn't appear, but the idea of Lohan and drowning is too delicious...
Mia Wachikowska as the second Mrs. DeWinter. Very young, very good actress, and not a great beauty. Which is something that totally works for the role, everyone Maxim knows has this "Why HER?" attitude, and the character totally lacks the self-confidence of someone born with beauty.
Carey Mulligan is my second choice. Again, she's pretty, but not beautiful.
R78 I'm sorry, but Hitchcock was wayyy over-rated. He was a horrible actor. I don't know what people saw in him.
This sounds like it has Jessica Shitstain's name all over it.
R78, I'd agree about most of Hitchcock's films, but "Rebecca" isn't really a "Hitchcock film". That is, it wasn't really Hitch's project, he was acting as a director for hire rather than creating the entire project from scratch.
"Rebecca" was a best-selling book that's still a good read today, and the movie is basically the book brought to life. The story has been remade for TV, and unlike "Vertigo" or "Rear Window", there's no reason it couldn't be remade again.
Agree that Jennifer Jason Leigh can't act to save her life. She was embarrassing as Dottie Parker, equally has in Washington Square.
Love Clive Owens as Maxim. He does have to be dashing.
Love Colin Farrell as Jack.
Blanchett, Gillian A, or Mirren (even though too old) would be great as Danvers. So would Nicole Kidman, who's older now than Dame Judith was when she played it. As much as I love Siobhan Finneran, at this point it would be goofy to see her playing a role that's so similar to O'Brien.
Second Mrs. De Winter? I have no clue.
The Second Mrs. de Winter: Rachel Weisz
Maxim de Winter: Ralph Fiennes
Mrs. Danvers: Jessica Lange
The Second Mrs. de Winter: Carey Mulligan
Maxim de Winter: Michael Fassbender
Mrs. Danvers: Glenn Close
Of course Mrs. Danvers needs to be a Mister this time.
You silly things!
Ewan McGregor for Maxim.
They'd have to glam her down but I think Michelle Pfeiffer would be an amazing Mrs. Danvers.
Now look what you bitches did!
It is getting remade by Dreamworks and helmed by some foreign director; casting presumably underway.
Wow, so they are going to deviate from Hitchcocks version with a particular plot point. The writer will adapt from the novel and he wrote an early draft of Shutter island (I thought that was a great movie) so I hope they do it justice!
I wish we knew the cast.
Gwyneth Paltrow, beloved of Datalounge, as Mrs. Danvers. It would really stretch her acting abilities!
Max should be played as a cynical closet case who wants a wife who can't see his big secret.
Tony Goldwyn would fit.
Rebecca would be Ann Hathaway
The Second Mrs. de Winter would be Elle Fanning
Jack Favell would be Jake Gyllenhal
Mrs. Van Hopper would be Reese Witherspoon. All she would have to do is not act and have a nip or two to stay real.
Annette Bening as Mrs. Danvers. She wouldn't have to set Manderley on fire, she would just shred it with her overacting.
All these casting "ideas" have shown that there is no need for a remake of "Rebecca."
r96 Couldn't agree more.
Maxim has to be brooding and sexy: Fassbinder.
The 2nd has to be nervous, insecure, and clumsy: Mulligan (although Chastain could overact this, same as Fontaine did in the original)(Mia W is too strong and confident)
Danvers: Mirren. Don't know why everyone thinks she's too old for the part.
The sleazy/threatening cousin: Purefoy.
Maxim - Pierce Brosnan
Mrs. Danvers - Jessica Lange
2nd Mrs. de Winter - Emma Watson
Jack Favell - Colin Firth
Beatrice - Cate Blanchett
Giles - James Cromwell
Frank - Christian Bale