Filmmaker Sofia Coppola is set to write and direct a remake of the Clint Eastwood feature “The Beguiled,” a Civil War-era drama released in 1971. The original movie is a relatively obscure entry in Eastwood’s filmography, having come out just before he began his high-profile run as Dirty Harry.
Variety cites a source who’s familiar with the deal saying Coppola, the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, is working on the project. The report says Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are in talks to star in the movie.
“The original story followed an injured Confederate soldier (played by Eastwood) who found refuge at an all-girls boarding school during the Civil War and conned his way into several lonely women’s hearts,” Variety notes.