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Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman Collaborate in ‘Beguiled’

The ‘Virgin Suicides’ (1999) director is back with another adaptation, and her version of ‘The Beguiled’ stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Firth.

After being absent from the directing scene for a few years – with the exception of A Very Murray Christmas (2015) – Sofia Coppola has come back to recreate the Clint Eastwood classic The Beguiled (1971). The film, set in 19th century Virginia, follows a wounded Union soldier (Clint Eastwood) as he recovers in a Confederate girls’ boarding school. Directed by Don Siegel, the film is an adaption of a novel of the same name by Thomas Cullinan.

Director Don Siegel directs actor Clint Eastwood on the set of the 1971 film The Beguiled. Eastwood plays Cpl. John McBurney, a wounded Union soldier from the Civil War.
Director Don Siegel directs actor Clint Eastwood on the set of the 1971 film The Beguiled. Eastwood plays Cpl. John McBurney, a wounded Union soldier from the Civil War.

In Coppola’s version of the film, Colin Firth will take over for Eastwood, while Nicole Kidman will portray the strict headmistress of the school. The other main players include actresses that Coppola has already worked with in the past; Virgin Suicides (1999) star Kirsten Dunst plays a teacher, while Somewhere (2010)’s Elle Fanning plays a student.

US film director Sofia Coppola (L) greets actress Kirsten Dunst (R) at the premiere of her first feature film 'The Virgin Suicides' in Hollywood, 18 April 2000.
US film director Sofia Coppola (L) greets actress Kirsten Dunst (R) at the premiere of her first feature film ‘The Virgin Suicides’ in Hollywood, 18 April 2000.

What is interesting about Coppola’s remake is that it will turn the original plot on its head by telling the story through a uniquely female perspective. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Coppola explained how she took on the challenge:

“It was fun to figure out how to approach that but still [keep the film] in my style, and to have this kind of beautiful, dreamy world that I like—but with a plot! 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. . . So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility.”

The film is set to premiere on June 23rd.

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