Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale about sisterhood and the coming of age, Little Women, is finally returning to us on TV and we just can’t wait to meet the new March quartet. Set during the unstable period of the American Civil War, this epic novel follows four sisters’ journies from childhood to adulthood.
The new TV adaptation will be released in a three-part series on BBC and PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. Based on Alcott’s novel, this series has been written by Heidi Thomas, the screenwriter who had also crafted great shows such as Call the Midwife and Upstairs and Downstairs. Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) will be directing and photography projects will begin in Ireland this month.
Although behind-the-scenes is important, fans of Alcott’s enduring tale are likely to be more concerned about casting. Drama producer Playground announced the official cast. The list includes a lineup of impressive actors and actresses alike, with BAFTA Award-winner Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, The Book Thief) set to play the character of Marmee, the iconic and memorable matriarch who is responsible for holding together the family. The other March sisters will be played by an interesting mix of actresses, including Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter Maya Hawke as the adventurous and tomboyish Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune) as the oldest sister daughter Meg, Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) as Beth, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) as Amy.
Maya Hawke as Jo | Via Vanity Fair
Moreover, Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) will play as the family’s wealthy relative, the short-tempered Aunt March. Michael Gambon, most well-known for his terrific interpretation of Dumbledore on the Harry Potter series, will act as their good-willed neighbor Mr. Laurence. Last but not least, Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph) will assume the role of Mr. Laurence’s grandson, whom we refer to as the charming boy next door.
Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon and Emily Watson | Via Screendaily
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