Colin Farrell is under siege by a bunch of Southern belles in the first official teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 drama that starred Clint Eastwood. (Watch the new teaser above.)
“The Beguiled” is set in a Confederate girls’ boarding school during the American Civil War, where things are turned upside down by the arrival of a wounded Union soldier, John McBurney (Colin Farrell, taking over for Eastwood). Nicole Kidman plays Martha Farnsworth, the school’s headmistress. Kirsten Dunst plays Edwina Dabney, a school teacher. Elle Fanning plays Alicia, a student. All three women develop a relationship with their new guest/hostage, leading to a twisted tangle of big emotions that culminate with everyone turning on one another.
“What have you done to me!?,” Farrell’s McBurney cries at the end of the trailer, adding, “You vengeful bi—es!”
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Coppola explained her approach to the period drama: “I haven’t really done a genre film. It was fun to figure out how to approach that but still [keep the film] in my style, and to have this kind of beautiful, dreamy world that I like — but with a plot! … The main crux of the story is about the dynamics between a group of women all stuck together, and then also the power shifts between men and women. So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility.”
“The Beguiled” will enter theaters on June 23, 2017.