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Greta Gerwig attends the TIME 100 Gala on April 24 in New York City. The writer/director will make a film adaptation of the popular 'Little Women' book. (AFP/Angela Weiss)
Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women is returning to the screen, this time adapted by Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig.
This adaption of the book, which was originally written in 1868 and follows the four March sisters, has been surrounded by rumors that actors Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone, Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet are in talks to star alongside Meryl Streep. Streep was recently confirmed as playing Aunt March, The Cut reports.
Many believed Streep would portray Marmie, the matriarch of the March family, who typically has a larger part. But due to this adaption focusing more on the sisters’ young-adult lives after they leave the family home, it is quite possible that Aunt March will get a good bit of screen time.
As of right now, no one yet is in talks to play quiet, piano-playing sister Beth, but Ronan is expected to play Jo the independent March sister, Pugh will likely take on the role of young Amy, while Stone is presumed to play Meg, the eldest sister.
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If cast, Chalamet will likely portray Laurie, the neighbor who grows up alongside and eventually proposes to two of the March sisters.
Robin Swicord, who wrote the 1994 film version of Little Women featuring Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst, is set to produce the film for Sony Pictures, alongside Denise Di Novi, who worked on Heathers.
“Greta has a wonderfully associative, well-furnished mind,” Swicord said of Gerwig, who was called in to rewrite a draft of the adaption. “Her take on the novel more than convinced us that we could bring something new to the screen.”
Swicord continued, telling the LA Times that Gerwig’s adaption is “really taking a look at what it is for a young woman to enter the adult world. It’s a clear-eyed approach to the challenges women face as they try to bravely move into new situations.” (sul/wng)
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