- 17 May 17
Oscar winning director Sofia Coppola has revealed that she decided to cast the Dublin-born actor in her new movie because he is a sexy hunk!
Irish actor Colin Farrell steps into Clint Eastwood's cowboy boots, playing a wounded solider who is supposedly nursed back to health by a group of women in the remake of the Southern Gothic horror movie, 'The Beguiled', which will be released in June.
Revealing why she wanted the Farrell to play the lead role, the Oscar winning director said that he's "the thinking woman's hunk".
She added, "The soldier had to be really masculine and a contrast to these delicate Southern ladies. And I just met different actors, and Fred Roos, my great consultant, suggested Colin.
"I had met him before, but hadn’t thought of him for this. But when I met him, he’s very charismatic and charming and it felt like he could be the kind of thinking woman’s hunk that we needed. He had to be sexy to them, but also kind of mysterious and complicated."
The remake promises to be very different from the original version made in 1971. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, 'The Beguiled' is set in the Deep South and tells the story of a civil war solider who is nursed back to health by a group of women in a girls school... with a terrifying twist.
The original movie was told from Clint Eastwood's character's point of view, but Coppola says her version will focus more on the film's female characters.
"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 says. “So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility.”
The movie, which is Coppola's first film since 2013's 'The Bling Ring', will hit cinema screens in June.
Here's the latest trailer for the movie...
The remake was first announced back in February when first teaser trailer for the movie, which co-stars Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, was uploaded onto social media sites.