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."
According to reports, the producers aimed to find a "Chris Pratt-type of lead" for the male character. Colin Farrell was eventually cast.
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). Both films would go on to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and would win awards in the official competition ("The Beguiled" won the Directing award for Sofia Coppola while "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" shared the Screenplay award with Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here (2017)).
For this film, Sofia Coppola won the prize of Best Director at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It marked the first time in 50 years a woman won the award, and only the second time overall.
This will be Elle Fanning's second film with Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst's fourth collaboration with the director.
The scene where Nicole Kidman's character sponges Colin Farrell's, required several takes, as the afternoon light inflicted the cinematography. By the time the scene wrapped, Kidman had sponged Farrell for almost two hours.
This is a new film adaptation of the novel "The Beguiled" (first published in 1966) by Thomas Cullinan and not a remake of director Don Siegel's version The Beguiled (1971) starring Clint Eastwood.
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".
During rehearsals, a civil war reenactor instructed Nicole Kidman in medical procedures of the time.
Colin Farrell revealed that filming of this movie was his favorite shoot in his career, praising his co-stars and his director; "To be surrounded by talented, decent, smart, insightful creative and serious women - I was spoiled by Sofia Coppola who set a particular mood of comfort, ease and trust. It allows you as an actor to play and explore."
The character Hallie was cut off from the film. She's a slave and the only person of color in the novel and in the 1971 film, and an essential character in both. Sofia Coppola explained in interview with Film School Rejects in May 2017, that she felt slavery was such an important topic and she didn't want to treat it lightly, she felt she should focus on these women who are so cut off from the world.
Sofia Coppola suggested her frequent collaborator Kirsten Dunst to lose weight for her part. Dunst refused, citing her disdain for workouts and having already been through an intense diet for her previous film Woodshock (2017).
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.
Sofia Coppola teams with production designer Anne Ross for the fifth time and with costume designer Stacey Battat for the fourth time.
The estate used in the film as the main location is the Madewood Plantation House near Napoleonville, Louisiana. The same location was also used for portions of Beyoncé Knowles's visual album Beyoncé: Lemonade (2016).
This will be Nicole Kidman's second Civil War-era film. She previously starred in Cold Mountain (2003).
Sofia Coppola stated that this is NOT a remake of the 1971 film of the same title, but an adaption of the same Thomas Cullinan novel that film is based on.
Elle Fanning's second collaboration with Sofia Coppola, following Somewhere (2010).
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