There are few things Hollywood likes more than remaking the same classic stories over and over again. Up next is the Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women, the 19th-century tale of four sisters coming of age. This is the eighth film adaptation of the story, but it has received more attention than previous versions for a number of reasons, including its star-studded cast. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Christmas release, including who plays which characters.
What is Little Women about?
For those who aren’t familiar, a brief synopsis: Little Women follows the March family. It spans a generous period of time, beginning with the girls as teenagers living in Massachusetts during the Civil War. The novel highlights the differences between the sisters as they grow up together and also showcases the difficulties of the time, including illness and war.
This adaptation, which comes from Sony, is written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who received Academy recognition for her debut film Lady Bird back in 2017. According to the Los Angeles Times, this version “jumps back and forth in time” while focusing on the lives of the young women as they become adults after leaving home.
Emma Watson stars as Meg March
Watson, who is still best known for portraying Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, portrays the eldest of the sisters, Meg March. In the novels, Meg is the caretaker for her sisters when their mother can’t be. She is the most traditional of the young women and settles down with a family during the narrative.
Since Harry Potter came to a close, Watson has continued to act, albeit selectively. She starred in films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast, and The Circle. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor’s degree and became involved in a number of causes as a UN Goodwill ambassador.
These well-known actresses play her sisters
Watson is surrounded by talent when it comes to her co-stars. Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan portrays the tomboyish Jo, who many believe to be modeled after the author herself. Ronan embodied much of this spirit in her Lady Bird character, so this is a fitting choice.
Eliza Scanlen portrays the gentle, musical third daughter, Beth. Scanlen is a relative newcomer, with Little Women marking her first film release, but she stunned critics with her incredible performance in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects. Finally, Lady Macbeth and Midsommar star Florence Pugh plays the young, artistic Amy.
The star-studded cast is rounded out by these big names
If you thought that was a lot of talent, wait until you read who is in the supporting cast of Little Women. Meryl Streep portrays Aunt March, a wealthy widow with whom some of the women live for a period of time. Streep’s Big Little Lies co-star Laura Dern plays Marmee March, the girls’ mother.
Though the focus is on the young women primarily, there are a few notable men in the cast. Timothée Chalamet plays Laurie, a friend and romantic interest for one or more of the March girls. And Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk portrays Mr. March, the rarely seen patriarch of the family.