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Sofia Coppola is back, bitches. The director and writer of The Beguiled, who’s fresh off of a Best Director prize from Cannes, has surprised and delighted us yet again with her new Southern Gothic drama, placing Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in an isolated manor home with a sweaty Colin Farrell, and then seeing what happens.
The movie is everything you hope it will be: steamy, erotic, scary, violent – and full of signature Coppola sparks of humor and steady-paced storytelling. It’s reminiscent of some of her past work: the feminine longing of Virgin Suicides is there, as well as the extravagant costumes of Marie Antoinette – and even some of the groupthink-gone-wrong of Bling Ring. But The Beguiled is, as always with Coppola, a decidedly new chapter in a career of powerful stories about women. It was previously a book and a 1971 movie; but her version is wholeheartedly new and original.
We caught up with her for a chat about her star-studded cast, career evolution, and how, exactly, she decided to cast her main hunk.