Sofia Coppola's Universal-backed remake of the 1971 Civil War drama "The Beguiled" appears headed for a Louisiana shoot this fall. The film, which Coppola will write and direct, filed paperwork this week with the state film office revealing its intention to shoot in-state.
Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning are reportedly in talks to star in the project, about an injured Union soldier who, stranded behind enemy lines, seeks refuge in a Mississippi boarding school filled with initially wary -- and then beguiled -- Southern belles.
The original film, based on the 1966 Thomas P. Cullinan novel "A Painted Devil," starred Clint Eastwood and was directed by Don Siegel. It hasn't been announced who will play the Eastwood character in the new version.
It's unclear exactly where Coppola's "Beguiled" will shoot, but the original was shot at the Ashland-Belle Helene House, on the banks of the Mississippi River in Darrow, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The film's state filing shows the film expects to be in pre-production through September and October, suggesting a November-December shoot.
Coppola's "Beguiled" will be shot on a reported estimated budget of $10.5 million. Some $7.4 million of that will be spent in Louisiana, including $2.5 million on 225 temporary in-state jobs.