The Beguiled shot at the same New Orleans plantation as Beyoncé’s Lemonade
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Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled may be a historical thriller set at the height of the Civil War, but it also has an unexpected tie to musical history, too.
Based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel (which was previously adapted into the 1971 Clint Eastwood film), The Beguiled centers on the Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies, with Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Nicole Kidman starring as some of the school’s students and teachers. The film is set in Virginia, but Coppola and the cast shot in and around New Orleans, with an old, 19th-century plantation house standing in for the stately school.
It also happens to be the same plantation house where Beyoncé shot much of Lemonade, particularly the black-and-white, Serena Williams-starring music video for “Sorry.” And when Fanning and some of her younger costars learned that, they went into full fangirl mode.
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“It was a huge deal,” Fanning says with a laugh. “We were freaking out when we heard that. We didn’t know, and then we found out midway through filming that that was the house.”
Soon thereafter, Fanning discovered the intricate carved chair used in Lemonade, and she and Dunst decided to pay tribute by recreating the scene on Instagram — in full 19th-century costume.
“That chair that was there was the actual chair that Beyoncé and Serena were sitting in,” Fanning says. “We were like oh my god, like, ‘Okay, you’ll be Beyoncé, and I’ll be Serena, we have to recreate it.’ We were looking at the photo and trying to recreate it just right.”
“That was Elle’s idea,” Dunst adds, laughing. “I wasn’t cool enough to know that. I was like, ‘Oh, okay! Yeah, I’ll pose with you Elle!’”
The Beguiled will hit theaters on June 23.