Greta Gerwig made one helluva splash last year with her directorial debut, Lady Bird, and now it appears she's finally settled on a follow-up project: a big-screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, with Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh all in talks to star.
That's one helluva cast. Here's who they'll be playing, according to Variety:
"Ronan would play the protagonist Jo, Stone would portray Meg, Streep would play Marmee, Chalamet would play Laurie Laurence, and Pugh would play Amy. Sources tell Variety the studio is expected to test a handful of actresses opposite Stone before the July 4 holiday for the role of Beth."
As you surely know, this won't be the first adaptation of Alcott's classic novel. According to Wikipedia, Little Women's been adapted for the big screen half a dozen times ("twice as a silent film, four times with sound"), another half dozen times as a TV series ("including four by the BBC"), as an American opera in 1998, as a Broadway musical in 2005, and - believe it or not - twice as an anime series in the 1980s. That said, this new version will be the only one to be written and directed by Greta Gerwig and to star Meryl Streep.
No word on when this one will start shooting or when the cast will be finalized, but this is a compelling start. Stay tuned for more on Greta Gerwig's Little Women as further updates becomes available.