Just weeks after her stunning performance in HBO’s Big Little Lies came to a dramatic conclusion, Nicole Kidman is proving, once again, that she is one of the most versatile actresses in the game.
The trailer for Kidman’s eerie new film The Beguiled was just released, and it is waaay more than just a period drama. The Lion actress is fantastically creepy as Martha Farnsworth, the matron of Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. While the trailer opens on the seeming idealistic life of the school, it quickly descends into a dark, almost horror film, as tensions mount and a murder occurs.
The film, which was written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is about a sheltered women’s boarding school in 1860s Virginia, during the Civil War, who stumble across an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) in the woods. Farrell’s character is taken in by the school as his wounds heal, much to the chagrin of Kidman’s Martha. As he recovers from his wounds, it seems that Farrell’s character becomes the object of affection of at least two of the female boarders, both of whom he has affairs with. As you can see from the trailer, betrayal, mayhem, and murder ensue. Sign us up.
In adapting the novel into film, Coppola kept many of the plot details intact, only changing the perspective of the film. As with the 1971 adaptation starring Clint Eastwood, the film is from the point of view of the soldier, whereas Coppola’s version is from the point of view of the women. Hell yes.
“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,” She told Entertainment Weekly. “So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility.”
The film, Which also stars Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, opens in theaters on June 23rd. We seriously cannot wait to see it!