The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola goes Southern Gothic


BY: Liz MacDonald

The Beguiled is Sofia Coppola’s twisted new take on the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood in which a wounded Union soldier (now played by Colin Farrell) finds shelter in a Confederate girls’ boarding school in 19th century Virginia. This is an entrancingly dark story of southern hospitality gone wrong, as Farrell is drawn into a world of seduction, repressed sexuality and unspoken tension between the females now in control of his life. The cast is impressive—aside from Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning also have starring roles. Coppola says of the upcoming film, “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 trailer, shown above, is all about creepy innuendo and shadowy seduction, with a lot of lacy nightgowns thrown in for good measure. The Beguiled opens in theaters on June 23.