Big stars, "Little Women."
Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Emma Stone are reportedly set to star in a new movie based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1868 novel about four sisters growing up in the wake of the Civil War.
The proposed remake would be directed by Greta Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated director of the recent coming-of-age hit "Lady Bird."
Gerwig has supposedly already recruited that film's star——Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, an Academy Award nominee for Best Actress——and co-star Timothee Chalamet, who earned a Best Actor nomination this year for "Call Me By Your Name."
If casting goes as planned, Streep would play Marmee March, the mother of four teenage girls in a small town in Massachusetts: Meg (Stone), Jo (Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (to be determined). Chalamet would play Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, the rich boy next door.
"Little Women" has proven to be fertile ground for Hollywood. Winona Ryder starred in a critically acclaimed 1994 film, PBS produced a three-part miniseries that aired this spring, and ABC is reportedly working on an update that would land the March sisters in modern times. Earlier adaptations of the novel include George Cukor's 1933 version (Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent), which starred Katharine Hepburn.
By Kevin Haynes |