After stepping down from Universal’s live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid, Sofia Copolla will instead write and direct a remake of Clint Eastwood‘s 1970’s period drama The Beguiled.
Originally starring Eastwood, directed by Don Siegel, and adapted from Thomas P. Cullinan‘s novel by the same name, The Beguiled follows a wounded American soldier rescued and nursed back to health by the occupants of an all-girls boarding school. As he returns to health the stranger charms his way throughout the school, seducing students and teachers alike and creating a perfect storm of jealousy, betrayal and sexual repression.
According to The Wrap, Elle Fanning will play a student at the school while Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst are also reportedly on board as the school’s headmistress and a school instructor, respectively.
A male lead is yet to be cast.
The film with retain its 1970’s setting with The Bling Ring‘s Youree Henley to produce and filming to begin later this year.
Via Dark Horizons.