Rachel Weisz Torments Sam Claflin in New Trailer For “My Cousin Rachel” (VIDEO)

Author Daphne du Maurier is known for writing some really dark and twisted stuff — and is probably up there on the list. Dubbed as a dark romance, the story follows Philip (Sam Claflin), a young Englishman seeking revenge against his cousin Rachel, believing that she is the one behind the murder of his guardian. But when the beautiful and alluring Rachel (Rachel Weisz) comes and visits his large estate, he starts to have a change of heart and becomes wildly infatuated with her. From there, things get a little crazy to say the least.

There have been other iterations of du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, but this would mark the first big-screen adaptation and it has all the mid-19th century panache expected of a “dark romance;” a genre that might as well be called a tragedy because, based on du Maurier’s affection for not-so-happy endings, we know it’s not going to end well. This has everything that will make for a captivating tragic period piece: revenge, forbidden love, dramatic candlelit scenes, dandy cravats, billowing sleeves, modest ankle-length dresses, and, of course, incest.

Directed and adapted for the screen by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Hyde Park on Hudson), the film unexpectedly looks less like a romance and more of a Gothic thriller with its suggested paranormal twists and dark overtones of obsessive love. Weisz seems like the perfect Rachel with her sweet face that hints at a malevolent lurking underneath, while Claflin fits into the role of a dashing 19th-century gentleman who just looks like the kind of guy to get manipulated and controlled by a woman.

It definitely looks more dark than romantic.

 | Staff Writer
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