Blame ‘The Scapegoat’

(Photo: Matthew Rhys in ‘The Scapegoat,’ courtesy Acorn TV)

Before taking on his Emmy-winning role of Philip Jennings in The Americans, Matthew Rhys followed in the footsteps of Oscar-winning Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai) with a dual role in a film based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1957 suspense novel, The Scapegoat.

Rhys’ version of The Scapegoat, made in 2012 for Britain’s ITV network, comes to subscription streamer Acorn TV today. It has already been available on Amazon Prime, whose subscribers can also stream all six seasons of The Americans.

Guinness’ version of The Scapegoat, released theatrically in 1959, can be seen by subscribers to The Criterion Channel.

Both films are about a man whose life changes drastically after meeting his complete opposite doppelganger. The 2012 flick also stars Emmy-winner Dame Eileen Atkins (Cranford), filling the shoes of legendary actress and two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis (Jezebel, Dangerous), who co-starred in the 1959 film.

Daphne du Maurier is best known as the writer of 1938’s Rebecca, which was turned into Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 1940. It’s currently unavailable for streaming.

A new version of Rebecca, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer in roles originated by Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, is currently filming for Netflix. Ben Wheatley fills the director’s chair.

Daphne du Maurier also wrote the original story of The Birds in 1952, which Hitchcock adapted into his masterful thriller 11 years later. You can stream The Birds for $3.99 from numerous providers.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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