Rhys, Atkins In du Maurier’s “Scapegoat”

Matthew Rhys (“Brothers and Sisters”) and Eileen Atkins (“Robin Hood”) have signed to star in a film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1957 psychological thriller novel “The Scapegoat” at Island Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a man who meets his perfect double and takes over his life. Sturridge adapted the script and is directing. The film will air in the UK on ITV1 next year before rolling out worldwide in a theatrical release. Dominic Minghella and Sarah Beardsall will produce.

Alfred Hitchcock adapted three of her works into classics of his own – “Jamaica Inn,” “The Birds” and his Best Picture Oscar winner “Rebecca”. Nic Roeg also turned her “Don’t Look Now” into what’s considered a cornerstone work of horror and British cinema.