Sofia Coppola is set to make her “Bling Ring” followup with a remake of 1971’s Clint Eastwood–starring “The Beguiled,” and she appears to have found her lead. Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role originated by Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are already onboard.
Dunst starred in Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Fanning in “Somewhere,” though Kidman and Farrell have yet to work with the writer/director who first broke through with “The Virgin Suicides” and won an Academy Award for her “Lost in Translation” screenplay. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, “The Beguiled” concerns a wounded Union soldier who is rescued by a girl from an all-girl boarding school in Mississippi. Once there, jealousy and deception set in.
Farrell and Kidman are also set to appear together in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” the Greek auteur’s next project after “The Lobster,” which likewise starred Farrell. It is not yet known when production will begin on “The Beguiled.”