Sofia Coppola is set to direct a remake of Clint Eastwood Civil War drama, The Beguiled.
After exiting Universal’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the writer-director is reported to be developing a remake of 1971 film The Beguiled which starred Clint as an injured Yankee soldier.
According to The Tracking Board, it will be a new take on the premise of the Don Siegel directed original, which is based on the Southern Gothic novel by Thomas P. Cullinan.
Set during the Civil War, a young girl from an all-female Confederate boarding school comes across an injured Union soldier played by Clint. The Louisiana school takes him in to help him recover, but he cons his way into their hearts and the women start to fight with him and each other for his attention.
Coppola, 44, is potentially reuniting with former muse Kirsten Dunst, 33, with Nicole Kidman, 48, and Elle Fanning, 17, also in talks to join the cast.
The Beguiled will mark the third collaboration between Coppola and Kirsten who previously worked together on films The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette. Kirsten is set to take on a role as a teacher in the new film.
Academy Award-winner Nicole is apparently set to play the role of Martha Farnsworth, the Headmistress of the school originally played by Geraldine Page, and Elle, who starred in Coppola’s 2010 critically acclaimed film, Somewhere, will play a schoolgirl.
Producers are still searching for the male lead but sources reveal they’re eyeing a “Chris Pratt type” for the part.
The project is set up at Focus Features and although the studio has yet to make a formal announcement, last August, a Town & Country magazine profile of Kirsten briefly mentioned the possibility of the actress reuniting with Coppola for another film this year.
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