Lily James used Rebecca novel ‘like a lifeline’ while filming movie adaptation

Lily James clutched onto Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca “like a lifeline” while filming the movie adaptation because she wasn’t brave enough to trust her own instincts.In Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of du Maurier’s novel, the Brit…

Lily James clutched onto Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca “like a lifeline” while filming the movie adaptation because she wasn’t brave enough to trust her own instincts.

In Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of du Maurier’s novel, the British actress portrays Mrs. de Winter, the second wife of Armie Hammer’s Maxim, who is forced to live in the shadow of his dead first wife, Rebecca.

In an interview with AnOther magazine, James confessed that she must have annoyed Wheatley because she couldn’t let the original text go.

“I think I was really annoying because I love that book so much. I clutched to it like a lifeline and wasn’t brave enough for a while to just let it go and say, ‘This is a new version,’” she recalled. “I was like that with (TV miniseries) War and Peace, too. I’m a bit of a control freak and I don’t trust myself that much, so if there’s something there saying how it should be, I trust that rather than myself, which was a bit difficult. But then I just have to allow myself to really inhabit it.”

For example, James was initially concerned about the decision to put her character in Chanel because de Winter was meant to be “unfashionable” in the novel, and costumes play a big part in her preparation for a role.

“When I’m filming, the first costume fitting is often where I start understanding how the character moves and stands – their internal rhythm,” the 30-year-old shared. “I’m definitely a physical, sensual person. I like photoshoots – I love shapes and movement. How I move my body makes me feel something.”

James, who admitted she had “probably done too many literary heroines”, has her eyes set on moving to Los Angeles next to expand her options.

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Lily James: ‘Filming Rebecca preyed on my own insecurities’

Lily James was unsettled while working on the new adaptation of Rebecca because playing Mrs. de Winter preyed on her own insecurities.In Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, the Cinderella actress portrays de Winter, the…

Lily James was unsettled while working on the new adaptation of Rebecca because playing Mrs. de Winter preyed on her own insecurities.

In Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, the Cinderella actress portrays de Winter, the second wife of Armie Hammer’s Maxim, who is forced to live in the shadow of his dead first wife, Rebecca.

Yet, James has now shared that the role ended up affecting her mental health and she began having panic attacks because her “deeply insecure” character preyed on her own issues.

“I found it really hard to let the second Mrs. de Winter go,” she told AnOther magazine. “God, the inner workings of her mind. She’s in such conflict, such turmoil. I started having real panic attacks. My heart would beat so fast.

“For a while after filming, I felt unsettled and discombobulated. It’s certainly the role I’ve inhabited the most. Even talking about it, I get kind of breathless. It’s crazy. It was a really powerful experience. I’m definitely an insecure person and the character is so deeply insecure that playing her preyed on my own insecurities. But that was quite an amazing dichotomy.”

James first revealed the role gave her panic attacks when she gave a BAFTA masterclass at the 2019 International Film Festival & Awards in Macao in December.

“She’s really bullied and gaslighted, she lives in a difficult headspace… I kept having panic attacks after it finished, I couldn’t shake it off,” the 30-year-old said at the time.

She also revealed the Netflix film will be “very different” to Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning adaptation, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and was released in 1940.

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Lily James had panic attacks after filming Rebecca

Lily James suffered from debilitating panic attacks after she played a troubled character in her new movie Rebecca.The 30-year-old actress portrays Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel, and she h…

Lily James suffered from debilitating panic attacks after she played a troubled character in her new movie Rebecca.

The 30-year-old actress portrays Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel, and she has opened up about how the character’s “difficult headspace” affected her mental health.

“I found it really hard to let go of the character. She’s really bullied and gaslighted, she lives in a difficult headspace,” Lily said during a BAFTA masterclass at the 2019 International Film Festival & Awards in Macao. “I kept having panic attacks after it finished, I couldn’t shake it off.”

Lily also revealed that the film, directed by Ben Wheatley, will be “very different” from Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning adaptation, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and was released in 1940.

The story follows Mrs de. Winter as she begins married life with her husband Maxim, played by Armie Hammer, at his sprawling coastal family estate. However, oppressive housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas, constantly berates the young woman, and she is forced to live in the shadow of Maxim’s dead first wife, Rebecca.

During the talk, Lily recalled her fond memories of working on TV series Downton Abbey and credited her former castmates – such as Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville – for helping her build her confidence.

“I learned to do screen acting in the most high-pressured environment – I felt like I couldn’t make a mistake. But on the other hand, it was the best opportunity I could ever have been given, it’s such an ensemble piece, so I was learning from the best straight away,” Lily explained. “I’ll be forever grateful for the job, we’re still a family.”

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Lily James uses toothbrush to groom eyebrows

Lily James uses a toothbrush to comb her eyebrows. The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again actress, who is the face of Burberry Beauty’s latest campaign, has learned to leave her brows well alone after over-plucking them at the start of her career. These day…

Lily James uses a toothbrush to comb her eyebrows.

The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again actress, who is the face of Burberry Beauty’s latest campaign, has learned to leave her brows well alone after over-plucking them at the start of her career.

These days, Lily simply fills her arches in with a pencil and brushes them – using a toothbrush.

“I used to over-pluck my eyebrows. When I first started acting, it was almost like they were one hair thick,” she told Allure.com. “Then, for a character, this director told me – I was playing a 14-year-old – he told me to grow out my eyebrows. My whole face just changed. It was a really exciting moment, and luckily, they did grow back.

“Now, I basically pluck them as little as possible. I do fill them in a little bit ’cause I’ve got gaps, and I brush them. Sometimes I like to use a bit of eyebrow gel. Mary Greenwell, my amazing make-up artist, she always uses a toothbrush on my eyebrows, so I started copying her. It’s not the same one I brush my teeth with, but I just brush them upwards with a toothbrush.”

Besides overdoing it was the tweezers when she was younger, the British star also regrets applying concealer on her pout.

“I used to put concealer on my lips, almost like taking nude to like a whole other level. You’d basically be blocking out your lips. I don’t know what that was about, that was 2000 or something. I won’t ever conceal my lips again,” Lily insisted.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 30-year-old shared that, although she doesn’t like to wear a lot of make-up, she wants to experiment with bright eyeshadow, like Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton, and lining outside of her lips to make them appear bigger.

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Ansel Elgort confirms there is a script for Baby Driver 2

Ansel Elgort has confirmed Edgar Wright is working on a script for a Baby Driver sequel.Written and directed by the British filmmaker, the 2017 action film followed Elgort as a young getaway driver who is coerced into working for a crime boss and finds…

Ansel Elgort has confirmed Edgar Wright is working on a script for a Baby Driver sequel.

Written and directed by the British filmmaker, the 2017 action film followed Elgort as a young getaway driver who is coerced into working for a crime boss and finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

The movie also had appearances from Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey, and while Wright has yet to officially confirm a follow-up, Elgort divulged in a new interview that he has read the script already.

“He has shared it with me… Yes, I think it’s going to happen. I think there will be a Baby Driver 2,” the 25-year-old told MTV News. “It has a different title, actually. You’re gonna have to have to ask Edgar that, though.”

Baby Driver was well received by audiences and critics, leading it to earn $226 million (£186 million) at the box office worldwide, making it director Wright’s highest-earning movie at the box office.

And while the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World filmmaker has never directed a traditional sequel before, he previously noted that he was open to making one for Baby Driver.

“It is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think there is somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters, especially (Elgort’s getaway driver character) Baby,” he shared in an interview with Empire magazine’s film podcast. “I sort of have an idea that if you did another one you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not kind of the apprentice anymore.”

Wright is currently in the post-production phases of animated project Shadows and is also filming Last Night in Soho with Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith.

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Ana de Armas’s character cut from Danny Boyle’s Yesterday

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday. The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James. H…

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday.

The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James.

However, she was absent from the finished film, and writer Richard Curtis has explained that she was cut because her character was supposed to be a “complicating factor” in the love story between Patel’s Jack and James’s Ellie.

“That was a very traumatic cut, because she was brilliant in it. I mean really radiant. And (that) turned out to be the problem,” he told Cinemablend.com. “I think the audience likes the story (about Ellie and Jack) and goes with that, and it works out well.

“What we’d originally done was had, I don’t want to describe it too much, but had Ana De Armas as a complicating factor when he arrived in L.A. for the first time. And I think the audience did not like the fact that his eyes even strayed. Because then some people would go, ‘Oh, he really doesn’t deserve her. He really doesn’t deserve Lily.'”

Director Boyle also explained to Moviefone.com that the Blade Runner 2049 star played an actress who meets Jack, a musician who finds fame with The Beatles’ songs after their existence is freakishly erased, on the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden and falls in love with him when he plays Something by George Harrison. It later became clear that they had “made a mistake” with the song choice, so the sequence had to go.

“When you watched it (the scene) alone, it was fantastic, but when you put it in the film, it felt repetitive,” he explained. “So, we sadly decided to take it out and I had the job of writing to Ana and telling her, ‘I’m so sorry.’ She did a wonderful job. It’s not their fault. It’s a real shame.”

He assured fans her scenes will appear in the DVD extras of Yesterday, which hits cinemas this week.

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Richard Curtis thrilled to team with Ed Sheeran on Yesterday

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the …

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.

The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, and Curtis has now admitted Ed was the perfect choice to take on the role of the mentor in the narrative because he’s such a down-to-earth guy.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis, who shares children Scarlett, Jake, Spike and Charlie with partner Emma Freud, told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

But it was a chat over dinner with Ed and director Danny Boyle that made Curtis realise the 28-year-old needed to be in the film.

“We were in Suffolk with Danny when Ed came over for supper and Danny said, ‘You should be in the film. You should be the famous person who finds our not-famous person and helps him on his way’,” he recalled.

“I write in a little room facing out toward the creek at the beach and the sea in Suffolk. There’s a lot of Ed in the story, as he comes from here. We love the accents and the names. This is very much where I wanted to set the film. It’s a little part of England that you wouldn’t expect a massive popstar like Ed to come from, had it not happened to him.”

Yesterday, also featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Kate McKinnon, hits cinemas from 26 June.

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Lily James and Dominic Cooper set to team up on romance film 

Lily James and Dominic Cooper are set to team up on a new romance movie. The British stars are developing a film about two lovers who “ditch their partners to be together,” according to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. Director Dominic Savage told the …

Lily James and Dominic Cooper are set to team up on a new romance movie. 

The British stars are developing a film about two lovers who “ditch their partners to be together,” according to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.

Director Dominic Savage told the publication that he has met with both James and Cooper for discussions about the flick, which has tentatively been titled Is This Love?

“It’s about the kind of exciting, absolutely-has-to-happen love,” the filmmaker commented.

No further details, such as other potential cast members or a release date, were shared.

However, Savage indicated that he was looking to keep the cast small and potentially begin filming in July 2019. The trio may finance the film themselves.

“The other characters are referred to. Alluded to. You might hear them on the other end of a phone,” he said, adding: “The idea is that if we keep the budget really small, you can just about make it.”

The Hollywood actors both appeared in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with James portraying a younger version of Meryl Streep’s character Donna from the original 2008 musical movie, and Cooper reprising his role as Sky.

Meanwhile, Cooper recently worked with Savage on drama The Escape, in which he starred opposite Gemma Arterton playing a woman who makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever.

Cooper, 40, was also seen onscreen as John Stratton in 2017 action-thriller Stratton, and is currently playing Jesse Custer in AMC TV series Preacher.

While James has a full slate of films on the go, as it was announced earlier this week that she is to star opposite Armie Hammer in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. The 29-year-old will next appear in an untitled film being made by Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis.

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Lily James and Armie Hammer to star in Rebecca adaptation

Lily James and Armie Hammer are to star in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.The Hollywood stars will take on lead roles in the project, which has been greenlit by executives at Netflix and Working Title, producers announced on Wednesday …

Lily James and Armie Hammer are to star in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

The Hollywood stars will take on lead roles in the project, which has been greenlit by executives at Netflix and Working Title, producers announced on Wednesday (14Nov18).

British director Ben Wheatley, known for his work on Kill List and High-Rise, will helm the movie, while X-Men and Kingsman franchise writer Jane Goldman is penning the script.

Based on the novel, first released in 1938, the story will tell of a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house. Working Title’s Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, and Nira Park will produce the film. Further casting details or a potential release date have not yet been announced.

Among the other projects currently being made by executives at Working Title include Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King, featuring Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, starring Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Taylor Swift.

Baby Driver actress Lily has most recently been seen onscreen in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Darkest Hour. The 29-year-old will next appear in an untitled film being made by Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis.

Meanwhile, Call Me By Your Name star Armie, 32, has been on the road promoting Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai. He will next be seen on the silver screen as Marty Ginsburg, the husband of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in biographical drama On the Basis of Sex.

Rebecca was previously adapted for the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940, with the black and white film starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

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Lily James wants Lady Gaga for third Mamma Mia! movie

Lily James wants Lady Gaga to star in a possible third Mamma Mia! movie. The British actress, 29, played a younger version of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna Sheridan, in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the long-awaited sequel to the 2008 big-screen musi…

Lily James wants Lady Gaga to star in a possible third Mamma Mia! movie.

The British actress, 29, played a younger version of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna Sheridan, in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the long-awaited sequel to the 2008 big-screen musical, which was released in July (18).

The sequel followed Donna as she was romanced by three men on the Greek island of Kalokairi, before unexpectedly falling pregnant with Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, and having to determine who was the father.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again also introduced Donna’s mother, Ruby, who was played by music icon Cher, and Lily was keen to get a particular singer onboard to play a younger version of the troubled character if there ever was to be a third Mamma Mia! movie.

“Dream plotline: We go back and look at Ruby and her journey through heartbreak and beyond,” Jessica Keenan Wynn, who played the younger version of Christine Baranski’s Tanya in the sequel, explained.

“With Senor Cienfuegos,” Lily added, referencing Andy Garcia’s character, the infamous Fernando, with whom Ruby had a fling in South America before Donna was born.

Cher and Gaga have already worked together on the track, The Greatest Thing, which was a track penned by the singer-songwriter, 32, that didn’t make the cut for the Believe hitmaker’s 2011 album, Closer.

But with Ruby and Fernando’s South American history, Jessica suggested that Mamma Mia 3 still be set in Greece. “Maybe there will be flashbacks or maybe they vacation to Greece,” she laughed.

The sequel, released this summer, has made more than $392 million (£305 million) at the box office worldwide, while Mamma Mia!, released in 2008, has made more than $615 million (£479 million).

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