Sofia Coppola is one of the most unique auteurs at work in the English language today, and any film brandishing her name is cause for celebration. Arriving online today is the first trailer for her remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 film The Beguiled, and suffice to say, it looks simply outstanding.
Featuring an enthralling female cast including Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Emma Howard, in addition to the great Colin Farrell – who adopts the role made infamous by Clint Eastwood – this looks set to be a deeply unsettling, provocative, and tantalising feast for the senses. The Beguiled will see Coppola reunite with long-time collaborator Dunst, who starred in both Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides. Check out the fantastic trailer below.
The Beguiled, adapted by Sofia Coppola from Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name, 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.
With this trailer arriving somewhat unexpectedly, we’re placing bets on The Beguiled turning up in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film lands a theatrical release on 23rd June.
Source: Focus Features