Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh's acclaimed 1945 novel about a man's obsession with a family during pre-World Word II England – has been refashioned for the silver screen. Director Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) along with screenwriters Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock have chosen to centerpiece the novel's gay romance, removing its previously ambiguous reference.

Brideshead now fully embraces Sebastian Flyte's sexuality. It is no longer repressed as it was in the novel and 1981 British miniseries (which launched the career of a young Jeremy Irons).

Charles Ryder (played by Matthew Goode) makes fast friends with Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), a self-destructive aristocrat, while attending Oxford. Sebastian is flamboyant – his teddy bear Aloysius and a cocktail rarely out of reach – and Charles, who is warned of his behaviors, is quickly taken by Sebastian's charms.

Sebastian's love for Charles – a faint hint in Waugh's novel – now breathes openly. Sebastian, it seems, is out to everyone at Brideshead. His mother, Lady Marchmain (Emma Thompson) the matriarch of Brideshead, warns Charles about her son's sinful tendencies.

In an interview with, actor Matthew Goode discussed his character's relationship with Sebastian, “Obviously, Charles' friendship with Sebastian was the main love affair of his life, and I think that's one of the reasons he has such guilt at the end. Nothing's black and white in this, really... I think the main love of his life was Sebastian, but in that way that they were linked.”

Yet, Brideshead is a period piece, its setting is a Catholic family in turmoil and ultimately Waugh was telling a story about sin and sacrifice with religious underpinnings. Under such circumstances, to have Charles and Sebastian consummate their love would have been duplicitous.

And still Director Jarrold does just that to an extent. In a drunken moment, the pair kiss – removing any ambiguities about their relationship and Sebastian's sexuality.

Brideshead Revisited opens nationally Friday, August 8th.