The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan movie tie-in

Ok, so I knew that there’s an old Clint Eastwood movie called the Beguiled. And recently I discovered that Sofia Coppola has directed a remake of it.

However I didn’t know that both movies were actually based on a novel by an author called Thomas Cullinan. And apparently it’s a work of “psychological suspense”. So that sounds like the book just about fits within the remit of this site.

Plus there’s a photo of Kirsten Dunst on the cover. (That got me interested in seeing The Two Faces of January a couple of years ago.) So I’m sold.

A classic slice of Southern Gothic, shot through with psychological suspense – now the basis for Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated new film (winner of Best Director at Cannes) starring Nicola Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst.

When an injured Union soldier is found in the Virginia woods as the Civil War rages, he is brought to the nearby Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies to recover. For the sheltered girls and their teachers, the arrival of the attractive John McBurney is a thrilling distraction from normal life. But before long, McBurney’s presence will turn them against each other and upend all their lives – with potentially devastating consequences. Combining psychological suspense with humour and romantic drama, The Beguiled is a wildly entertaining novel of sexual tension and repression, and of rivalry, jealousy and, ultimately, vengeance.

The Beguiled was apparently published by Penguin books yesterday, 22 June 2017.