Sofia Coppola quickly emerged from the shadow of her filmmaker father Francis Ford Coppola by making her own brand of distinctly independent movies. From her short film Lick the Star to her feature debut The Virgin Suicides to her melancholy follow-up Lost in Translation to the splendid offbeat period piece Marie Antoinette to her touching character drama Somewhere to her sprightly crime flick The Bling Ring, Coppola has always brought her own personality and worldview to her work.
She endeavored to make a new version of The Little Mermaid before creative differences arose in 2015. She cowrote and directed Bill Murray in A Very Murray Christmas and then moved on to a new version of The Beguiled, based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel.
A 1971 movie version starred Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier during the Civil War who finds refuge in a Confederate boarding school for girls. Eastwood collaborated with director Don Siegel; the two went on to make Dirty Harry, released later that year.
As you might expect, that version revolved around Eastwood. But the first full version for Coppola’s version suggests that things have changed. Watch it below.
The premise appears similar, but there is definitely a different tone to the movie than Eastwood’s version. Colin Farrell stars as the soldier, but the female cast dominates, led by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, supported by Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard and Addison Riecke.
It’s a reunion for Dunst and Coppola, who previously worked together on The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette, as well as for Fanning and Coppola, who worked together on Somewhere. The Beguiled will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month and will then open in theaters on June 23.