‘The Beguiled’: Sofia Coppola’s Civil War Remake With A Feminine Twist | Film Trailer
“The enemy is not what we believe”.
Sofia Coppola is back and bringing a feminine twist to Thomas P. Cullinan‘s 1966 Civil War novel, A Painted Devil.
The story follows an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell), who takes refuge in a Confederate girls’ boarding school and charms himself into each of the lonely ladies’ hearts causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. The Beguiled, already adapted by Clint Eastwood in 1971, will this time be told from the perspective of the female characters.
“The main crux of the story is about the dynamics between a group of women all stuck together, and then also the power shifts between men and women”, Coppola tells Entertainment Weekly. “So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility”.
We can’t help but make an obvious connection to the lonely Lisbon sisters of The Virgin Suicides. Coppola has the habits of tackling isolated, lonely and yet complex female characters. Charlotte in Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette and Cleo in Somewhere to name a few.
From the newly released trailer, the southern elegant style flourishes and adds to the impressive female cast Coppola has assembled, including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
Coppola is sure to bring a fresh new look with a twist of seduction to the civil war drama.
The Beguiled, also starring Colin Farrell, will be released in theaters on Friday, June 23 in the US and the UK.
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