Focus Features’ third movie with director Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled, will open on June 23 in select cities with a further expansion on June 30. Focus has worldwide rights to the film, and UIP will handle abroad next summer. Production is already underway in Louisiana. Beguiled stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell, and it’s based on the same novel by Thomas Cullinan as the 1971 Don Siegel movie starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. Pic is set at a Virginia girls’ school in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world— until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in. Production designer Anne Ross reteams with Coppola for the fifth time while costume designer Stacey Battat marks her fourth collaboration with the director. DP Philippe Le Sourd is shooting Beguiled in 35MM. Coppola’s Lost in Translation from Focus earned her a 2004 screenplay Oscar win as well as three noms for best picture, best actor Bill Murray and director.
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