According to reports, the producers aimed to find a "Chris Pratt-type of lead" for the male character. Colin Farrell was eventually cast.
The estate used in the film, known as Madewood Plantation House, previously served as the setting for portions of Beyoncé's visual album for "Lemonade".
Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell began filming this film only few weeks after they finished working together on The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).
Sofia Coppola had Nicole Kidman in mind when writing the screenplay and added that to see the actress bring the role to life was even more than she could have imagined; "I think she's unique. It was like watching a virtuoso or an incredible athlete. We'd do a scene, and she'd have five different emotions going on at the same time."
This will be Elle Fanning's second film with Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst's fourth collaboration with the director.
Oona Laurence and Emma Howard previously worked together in Matilda the musical on broadway in 2013.
Colin Farrell and Clint Eastwood, who played John McBurney in the original, share a birthday. Both were born on May 31st.
This will be Nicole Kidman's second Civil War-era film. She previously starred in Cold Mountain (2003).
Sofia Coppola teams with production designer Anne Ross for the fifth time and with costume designer Stacey Battat for the fourth time.
Elle Fanning's second collaboration with Sofia Coppola, following Somewhere (2010).
Elle Fanning's third film with three multigenerational women at the center. The first two were "About Ray" (2015) and "20th Century Women" (2016).
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