Sofia Coppola is a pretty inconsistent filmmaker. On her best form, she makes wonderfully off-kilter films that are loaded with wry observations of human nature, like “Lost In Translation”. When she’s off form, she makes movies like “Marie Antoinette”. Which wasn’t very good.
Now, the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola is doing another period piece, this one called “The Beguiled”. It’s something of a remake, with a 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood already in existence. Coppola’s version has Colin Farrell in Eastwood role, and Nicole Kidman as the leading lady. It’s billed as a gothic romance, and judging from this first footage the dark influences are certainly apparent. Coppola is an interesting filmmaker and her films are often as fascinating as she is, even though they don’t always work. The supporting cast she’s assembled here also appear to be in fine form, so am definitely curious about this one…
Here’s the summary: “The Beguiled remake cast includes Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (In Bruges, The Lobster), Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Stoker), Emmy nominee Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Spider-Man) and Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, Super 8). The Beguiled marks the fourth collaboration between Coppola and Dunst and the second between Coppola and Fanning. The script for the film is adapted by Coppola from Thomas Cullinan’s original novel of the same name.
The Beguiled unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world— until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.
Additional cast for The Beguiled include Oona Laurence (Pete’s Dragon, Bad Moms), Emma Howard (Transparent), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Addison Riecke (The Thundermans).
Anne Ross is serving as production designer on The Beguiled, marking her own fifth collaboration with Coppola. The film’s costume designer is Stacey Battat, (her fourth collaboration). The director of photography on The Beguiled is Academy Award nominee Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster), and the movie is being shot on 35mm film.”
“The Beguiled” premieres 23rd June in the US.