Hobbies

Everything We Know About the New Adaptation of Little Women Starring Meryl Streep

Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothee Chalamet are all part of Greta Gerwig's upcoming adaptation.
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES
Comments

I don't know why anyone would ever want to put another adaptation of Little Women into the universe since the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder, Kristen Dunst, Claire Danes, and Christian Bale is perfection, as evidenced by the very old-school trailer below:

But if you're going to make a new film version of Louisa May Alcott's iconic 1869 novel, getting the Ladybird crew back together isn't such a bad place to start.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Greta Gerwig will direct the upcoming project. Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet are in talks to star (as Jo and Laurie, one would assume), as are Meryl Steep, Emma Stone, and Florence Pugh. It's unclear at this point who is in the running to play Beth, the shy March sister who—is it really a spoiler if the book's been out for 150 years?—suffers from scarlet fever.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Chalamet and Ronan

This week, Robin Swicord, who wrote the 1994 version and is a producer of Gerwig's adaptation, confirmed the casting news and told the Los Angeles Times that Streep, who also has a starring role in the next season of Big Little Lies, will not be playing matriarch Marmee, as most of us assumed.

“Meryl Streep gets to play any part she wants to play,” said Swicord.

It turns out that part is Josephine March, the sisters' wealthy aunt. She hasn't been a central character in previous versions but Swicord says Gerwig’s film will focus more on the March sisters’ lives after they leave home. “It’s really taking a look at what it is for a young woman to enter the adult world,” Swicord says. The screenplay will apparently move back and forth in time.


Meryl Streep and Greta Gerwig

Swicord says filming will begin in Boston in October and they plan to release the film a year later.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Little Women is having something of a cultural renaissance as of late. A mini-series adaptation starring Angela Lansbury as Aunt March and Maya Hawke as Jo ran on Masterpiece PBS this spring. And a modern retelling of the story starring Lea Thompson is expected to debut in theaters later this fall. Watch the trailer for that film here:

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
About The Author
Caroline Hallemann
View Other Articles From Caroline Hallemann
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
The future king argued passionately for reducing the stigma around mental health issues.
 
Share
Before this December, the ceremonial guards last protested 55 years ago.
 
Share
The iconic interior decorator, who passed away in 2018, had a memorial that was anything but chintzy.
 
Share
It's about time we say goodbye to the see-through shoe.
 
Share
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz all earned individual acting nominations.
 
Share
The pair discussed Attenborough's environmental advocacy, and the ecological challenges facing the next generation.
 
Share
Kei Komuro just confirmed, however, "that all of the financial issues were already resolved."
 
Share
Should you consider a small dinner party or an all-out bash?
 
Share
After all, every prince has got to have his swan.
 
Share
These films will have you flying through the years, decades and dimensions - and ready to do it over and over again.
 
Share
At the Villa Chanel, punky pastel confections for a fantasy collection.
 
Share
There's a lot to look forward to in 2019.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US