Louisa May Alcott’s timeless American classic Little Women has been adapted for the screen many times over, with Greta Gerwig most recently taking a swing at the story. Her rendition of Little Women has yet to hit theaters, but the film’s all-star cast is already generating buzz. Gerwig’s adaptation stays within the world of Alcott’s novel, focusing on the four March sisters who come of age during the Civil War era. Take a look below for a peek into which A-listers will be gracing the screen for the most recent adaptation of Little Women.
Saoirse Ronan – Jo March
Ronan takes on the mantle of playing the second-eldest daughter, Jo, who is based on Alcott herself. If this weren’t enough pressure, the Irish actor will be following in the footsteps of Hollywood heavyweights like Katharine Hepburn and Winona Ryder, who portrayed the character in the respective 1933 and 1994 film adaptations. But we have no doubt that Ronan will rise to the occasion, considering her previous work in period dramas like Mary Queen of Scots, The Seagull, On Chesil Beach and Brooklyn.
Emma Watson – Meg March
Janet Leigh played Meg, the eldest March daughter, in the 1949 iteration of Alcott’s classic, and Watson will take on the same role in Gerwig’s film. The British actor is no stranger to acting in popular literary adaptations — she started her acting career as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. And while the headstrong Jo might more closely resemble Hermione, Watson brings to the role of Meg a quiet strength that can be previewed in the Little Women (2019) trailer.
Timothée Chalamet – Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence
Chalamet reunites with Ronan after starring opposite her in another film from Gerwig, Lady Bird. They’re also both slated to star in Wes Anderson’s upcoming feature The French Dispatch. Chalamet plays Laurie, a close friend and potential love interest of Jo. The thespian has big shoes to fill, as Christian Bale previously played the character in the 1994 adaptation. Chalamet already has one Oscar nomination under his belt, and we’re excited to see the talented young actor’s take on Laurie.
Meryl Streep – Aunt March
Actors cast as Aunt March in future adaptations of Little Women will have to handle the pressure of comparison to Streep. Just like Robert De Niro, her name has long been synonymous with a certain mastery of the craft. With Streep’s long, diverse body of work, it will be interesting to see which of her previous characters the domineering Aunt March most closely resembles. Streep just worked with Laura Dern on the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, and the two are back together for this film. Streep’s character is the paternal aunt of the young women, and Dern plays “Marmee,” their mother. Susan Sarandon portrayed the character in the 1994 adaptation, and we’re curious to see how Dern makes the role her own in Gerwig’s Little Women.
The star-studded cast also includes Bob Odenkirk as the sisters’ father, Mr. March, and Chris Cooper as Laurie’s grandfather, Mr. Laurence. Florence Pugh takes on the role of Amy, the youngest March sister, a character previously played by both Elizabeth Taylor and Kirsten Dunst. Eliza Scanlen will follow in the footsteps of Claire Danes to star as Beth, the second youngest of the sisters. You can catch the talented cast members and their interpretations of Alcott’s classic characters when Little Women (2019) releases on Christmas Day.