Sofia Coppola has taken us to the neon drenched cityscapes of Tokyo in Lost In Translation (2003), the monarchy of revolutionary France in Marie Antoinette (2006), and the ennui of Hollywood celebrity in Somewhere (2010). Now she is heading to the American Civil War for a dark study of Southern airs and graces in The Beguiled.
Coppola has based her script on the same Southern Gothic novel by Thomas P. Cullinan that powered the 1971 original, which saw Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier who is imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school during the Civil War. He charms his way into the hearts of women of all ages at the institution and causes jealousy and betrayal to spread.
Colin Farrell (Total Recall) is playing the soldier this time around, with Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette) all aboard as various residents of the school.
Expect southern hospitality to a fault when The Beguiled arrives in cinemas on 23 June.