Following her backing away from the Chloe Moretz-led live-action “The Little Mermaid,” Sofia Coppola has found her next film – she’ll write and direct a new take on the 1971 Clint Eastwood-led period drama “The Beguiled”.
Based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s Southern Gothic novel and set at the end of the U.S. civil war, the original Don Siegel-directed film followed an injured Yankee soldier rescued from death by a young student at an all-girl boarding school in Louisiana.
At first the all-female staff and pupils are scared, but as he starts to recover he charms them one by one and the sexually repressed atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit. He soon gets his comeuppance in a quite painful way.
Elle Fanning is on board to play a student, Nicole Kidman will play the head mistress, and Kirsten Dunst to play one of the instructors. The key role of the male soldier has yet to be cast.
Youree Henley (“Somewhere,” “The Bling Ring”) will produce the remake which intends to retain its time period and aims to begin shooting later this year.
Source: The Wrap