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Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel rolls with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin

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- Notting Hill director’s latest shooting in the UK and Italy

Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel rolls with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin
Actors Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin

Roger Michell commences principal photography today, April 4, at UK locations on My Cousin Rachel, his own adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s 1951 novel. The production will then move to Italy before wrapping in June. This will be the 11th film for the South African-born English director, who has put his name to works such as Notting Hill (1999), The Mother [+see also:
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(selected in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2003), Enduring Love [+see also:
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(presented at Venice in 2004), Venus [+see also:
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(screened at Telluride and Toronto in 2006), Hyde Park on Hudson [+see also:
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(screened at Telluride and Toronto in 2012) and, most recently, Le Week-End [+see also:
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(screened in Toronto and awarded in San Sebastián in 2013). The mystery-romance follows the heir to a wealthy estate who falls in love with his deceased guardian’s widow, who is also his cousin, but cannot shake off suspicions about her role in his death. Rachel Weisz (recently seen in Youth [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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and The Lobster [+see also:
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), Sam Claflin (The Riot Club [+see also:
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), Holliday Grainger (Cinderella [+see also:
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), Iain Glen (Eye in the Sky [+see also:
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) and veteran actor Simon Russell Beale star. 

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Michell said, “So many really great films have grown out of the works of Daphne Du Maurier - Don’t Look NowThe BirdsRebecca - 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.” 

Kevin Loader (The Lady in the Van [+see also:
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) of Free Range Films (UK) is producing the film in association with Fox Searchlight. Anita Overland (Rush [+see also:
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) is the co-producer.

My Cousin Rachel was first adapted for the screen in 1952 by Henry Koster and starred Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland. A BBC four-part series based on the novel was broadcast in 1983 and there have been radio and stage adaptations as well.

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