Sofia Coppola To Remake Southern Gothic Drama ‘The Beguiled’ | Film News
So it looks like 2016 is going to be the year of the remake. The latest film to receive a 21st-century makeover is Clint Eastwood’s 1971 drama The Beguiled. Sofia Coppola will be directing the upcoming remake, and she seems to have recruited a talented and impressive set of actresses.
Variety reports that Coppola hopes to reunite with Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette leading lady Kirsten Dunst and Somewhere’s Elle Fanning. Nicole Kidman is also in talks to join the film. The lead male role, played by Eastwood in the original film, has no name attached to it yet. But we can probably expect someone established.
The original film tells the story of an injured soldier who seeks shelter at an all-girls boarding school. There, his presence causes quite the stir as he worms his way into the lives and hearts of the schools lonely residents and faculty. Dunst and Fanning are presumably being sought out to play to play a teacher and a resident respectively, while Kidman is probably being considered for the role of the headmistress.
It will be interesting to see what Coppola does with the material. She is the perfect choice for a film that explores sexual oppression and (MINOR SPOILER ALERT) female vengeance. This will be her first period film since the highly enjoyable and lavish Marie Antionette. The remake is rumoured to begin production this year. We will keep you updated as more information surfaces.
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