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Principal photography set to begin on Rachel Weisz's My Cousin Rachel

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Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography will begin on April 4, 2016 on Free Range Films’ My Cousin Rachekl and will continue until mid-June in England and Italy.

Based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier and adapted by director Roger Michell, the film stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (Youth, The Constant Gardener), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Holliday Grainger (Cinderella), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and acclaimed stage actor Simon Russell Beale (Into The Woods).

A dark romance, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

My Cousin Rachel has been adapted for the screen and will be directed by Roger Michell, who most recently helmed Le Week-End. Amongst his numerous other directing credits are Notting Hill, Enduring Love, Changing Lanes and Venus.

Michell commented: “So many really great films have grown out of the works of Daphne Du Maurier: Don’t Look Now, The Birds, Rebecca… 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.”

The film is produced by Kevin Loader, with Anita Overland as co-producer.

Katie Goodson-Thomas, director of Production & Acquisitions at Fox Searchlight Pictures UK, added: “We are delighted to be working with Roger and Kevin on My Cousin Rachel, with whom we have developed the script. Their unfailing energy and Roger’s vision for the project are incredibly exciting, and we all very much look forward to the adventure ahead of us!”

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