In the earlier phases of his career, Clint Eastwood was mostly known for his Western pictures, as he took the world by storm with appearances in such films as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and High Plains Drifter. One of his lesser known films from that era, the 1971 drama The Beguiled, is looking to be remade by none other than auteur director, Sophia Copolla. As an added cherry on top, Eastwood's lead role has been filled by the just as charming Colin Farrell, promising a good time with a charismatic lead.
Variety got wind of the plans to remake the Don Siegel directed original, which saw Eastwood playing a soldier on the northern side of the Civil War, and winding up in the crosshairs of some very lonely women at an all-girls school. On board to co-star as some of those women are Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Kirsten Dunst with Sofia Copolla looking to not only direct the film, but also to write its script.
Adapting The Beguiled should be an interesting feat for Copolla's steady pen, as we dug up the trailer for the 1971 original film, and it's definitely seems like a film that she'd be adept at modernizing. Let's just say the story of a man who breaks hearts all around an all-girls school, and ends up suffering physical pain and eventually death at their hands, may need a little sprucing before going before cameras at an unspecified time. See for yourself with the 1971 trailer to The Beguiled, included below.
The Beguiled would be Sofia Copolla's first directorial project since 2013' s The Bling Ring, as well as her first picture working with Colin Farrell. Farrell, on the other hand, has kept his high profile over the years in films like The Lobster and Seven Psychopaths, which has kept his talents fresh with the movie-going public. But what intrigues us is the fact that these two haven't made a film together up until now. Surely with their overlapping skill-sets, you'd think they'd have at least bumped into each other for a short form film. Yet here they are, together at last.
A Colin Farrell remake of a classic Clint Eastwood film doesn't always sound like an idea that'd work, yet dropping him in the middle of The Beguiled makes more sense the more you talk it out. With Farrell as the roguishly handsome trouble maker, and a phenomenal supporting cast that'll go along with it, only to turn the tables in the end, this project is starting to sound like a perfect example of what a remake can do in its best context. We'll be keeping an eye out for this one, and we encourage you to do the same.