Sofia Coppola Reportedly Reuniting With Kirsten Dunst for ‘The Beguiled’
We came very close to getting a live-action update of The Little Mermaid directed by Sofia Coppola, but our dreams of being part of that world (or at least viewing it) were crushed thanks to good ol’ creative differences. It’s been three years since Coppola’s previous film, The Bling Ring, but our wait for her next project may soon be over as the director is reportedly reuniting with Kirsten Dunst for a remake of Civil War romance The Beguiled, with Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning set to co-star.
According to The Tracking Board, Coppola will direct The Beguiled, based on the 1971 Clint Eastwood drama and the Thomas P. Cullian novel of the same name. The story centers on a young woman from a Confederate boarding school for girls, who happens upon a wounded Union soldier and takes him in. It’s not long before the women are fighting for the charming soldier’s affections.
Kidman will reportedly play the school’s headmaster, with Dunst as a teacher and Fanning as one of the schoolgirls. The project is set up at Focus Features, and although the studio has yet to make a formal announcement, there is at least one thing to lend credence to the report — last August, a Town & Country magazine profile of Kirsten Dunst briefly mentioned the possibility of the actress reuniting with Coppola for another film in 2016.
The Beguiled would mark the third collaboration between Dunst and Coppola, who previously worked together on The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette. It’s also not the only Civil War romance project in the works, as Guillermo del Toro’s untitled film with Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer is set to begin production this summer.