It really hasn’t been that long since we last heard from Greta Gerwig, given that her directorial debut Lady Bird stole our hearts away only a mere eight months ago, but the triple threat — writer, director, actor — seems to have her new project ready to roll: An adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. And boy oh boy, does it have one hell of an all-star cast: Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Gerwig’s Lady Bird actors Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan are all expected to take part in the new project.
This news comes via Variety, which claims that Gerwig had been initially hired to rewrite the script for the project, but after the success of her debut, Columbia Pictures began to aggressively court her as a director. This, of course, is an incredibly smart move, as Film Twitter has been losing their shit all day over this information, though there’s a little skepticism that there’s been a few too many adaptations of the book over the years. .
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As to who the cast will be playing in the adaptation, Variety had this initially in their article, but took it out for whatever reason: “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.” (Thanks to Birth Movies Death for picking up on that.)
While this is exciting news, of course, we’re a little bummed that her Sacramento series plans have been put on hold, but hey, we’ll take any new Gerwig that we can get. No word on a release yet, but stay tuned, as always, for further information as it breaks.