Production Begins on Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled

Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning on board.


The Beguiled reteams writer/director Sofia Coppola with Focus Features which holds worldwide rights to the film as a part of the company's renewed global initiative.

Focus will release The Beguiled domestically in select cities on June 23rd, 2017 in the United States, with an expansion set for June 30th. Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the film globally, beginning in the summer of 2017.

Ms. Coppola's screenplay is an adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's novel of the same name.

Top-Line Cast

  • Colin Farrell will play Union soldier John McBurney

  • Nicole Kidman plays the eponymous founder of The Miss Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies

  • Kirsten Dunst plays Edwina Dabney

  • Elle Fanning plays Carol

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The Beguiled unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia 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.


Golden Globe Award winner Colin Farrell (Focus’ In Bruges), Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Emmy Award nominee Kirsten Dunst (making her fourth movie with Ms. Coppola), and Critics’ Choice Award nominee Elle Fanning (Neon Demon) lead the cast of The Beguiled.

Oona Laurence and Emma Howard (Transparent) have joined the cast with Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Addison Riecke.

Ms. Coppola wrote, directed and produced Lost In Translation for Focus in 2003, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay


Anne Ross is production designer on The Beguiled, marking her fifth collaboration with Ms. Coppola. The film’s costume designer is Stacey Battat, marking her fourth collaboration with Ms. Coppola. The director of photography on The Beguiled is Academy Award nominee Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster), and the movie is being shot on 35mm film.

Focus chairman Peter Kujawski commented, “It is personally and professionally a pleasure to be making a movie with Sofia Coppola again. The twisted turns of the story, combined with Sofia’s empathy for the characters being portrayed by these gifted actors, will keep audiences in suspense. Everyone at Focus is thrilled to be bringing The Beguiled to theaters next summer.”