EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz is in early talks to star in Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel, an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel, for Fox Searchlight. The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell.
The book, originally published in 1951, was previously adapted into a film starring screen legends Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton and directed by Henry Koster (Harvey).
Weisz has several highly anticipated projects in the pipeline including the Michael Fassbender-Alicia Vikander drama The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance. That project has spectacular buzz attached to it, with many who have seen working cuts of the film — officially still in post — proclaiming it one of the most powerful and emotional dramas they have seen in years. Weisz also co-stars with Colin Firth in StudioCanal’s Donald Crowhurst project, which Blueprint Pictures is producing with James Marsh directing. She is repped by WME, Brillstein and Independent Talent Group.