Charlotte’s Web, one of the most iconic works in children’s fiction, is getting a new audiobook! Each beloved character is voiced by a different actor, but perhaps even more exciting than this is the fact that the role of narrator is read by Meryl Streep.
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Streep is one of the Hollywood’s most revered actresses. Over the course of her career she has been nominated for 21 academy awards, has played titular characters in iconic films like The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia, and has spent the past two years starring in HBO’s Big Little Lies.
Streep certainly doesn’t need the extra work (especially so soon after the premiere of Netflix’s The Laundromat, which has already received 8 award nominations), but we should all be grateful that she decided to put in for the time.
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On top of the privilege of getting to hear Streep’s iconically dulcet tones read one of your favorite childhood stories, this new audiobook will also feature an appreciation written and read by Melissa Sweet. Sweet, a Caldecott Honor winner, is the author and illustrator behind works like A River of Wordsand You Nest Here With Me.
Plus, fans of the original story can look forward to having their favorite characters brought to life by a full cast. The roles of Charlotte and Wilbur will be played by voice actors January LaVoy and Kirby Heyborne, respectively.
This new audio rendition of Charlotte’s Web will be available for listening this Tuesday, though it’s available for preorder now!
On Christmas of this year Greta Gerwig‘s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Womenwill premiere in theaters everywhere (hopefully it’ll go over a little more smoothly than the March’s first Christmas without their father), and with the trailer that dropped this week book lovers world wide are getting pretty hype.
The film features a star studded cast, and two popular actors that Gerwig has worked with before. Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan both gained traction last year when they acted in Gerwig’s Lady bird, and the director is excited to have the pair unite once again.
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Ronan plays Jo March, a tomboy writer, and Chalamet plays her love interest Laurie. In an interview by Entertainment Weekly Gerwig said:
“I just adore them. They are just spectacular as live actors, and there is some true pairing between them that feels like it’s in the tradition of great cinematic pairing. I don’t know what they do – I mean it’s magic. I direct them but it’s all there.”
Playing the role of Meg March, Jo’s sister who thirsts for a life in high society, is Emma Watson. Gerwig also told Entertainment Weekly that she was the perfect actress for the role.
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“To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were. She’s just smart. She’s on multi-government organizations that speak to the U.N., and she’s so thoughtful and present. She is way out there trying to do everything she can. For me personally, Meg March is a character that is long misunderstood. In terms of what [Watson] did with the character, she has so much open-heartedness andso much love combined with that much intelligence, it’s heartbreaking and potent. Because she’s absolutely herself with understanding the struggle of who that character is.”
Gerwig also stated that Watson “would always bring so much to the conversation,” going above and beyond her role as an actress. Watson did a lot of emotional work to fully become the character of Meg.
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Laura Dern used a similar method, fully diving into her role as Marmee March. Marmee is the girl’s mother, and offers them advice and guidance throughout the novel. Gerwig stated:
“Off-set, every single one of the girls actually did come to Laura with their heartaches and their problems. Everybody had a good cry with Laura. She became this mother, sister, confidant person for everyone on set, which was a very beautiful thing to embody. She was a rock for everyone.”
One of the most exciting choices made was casting Meryl Streep as the waspy Aunt March. According to Gerwig, Streep auditioned for the role out the love she had for the novel as a young girl.
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“She said she wanted to be part of it. She loved the book so much when she was a girl, and she thinks [it’s] so important, and she says, ‘Tell me what you’d like me to do,’ and I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ Anything I say about Meryl is superfluous, all the adjectives I have don’t touch it.”
It’s good to know that even accomplished directors can’t help but fangirl over Meryl Streep. I guess that’s just part of the human condition.
HBO’s Big Little Lies is back with a bang, this time featuring famed actress Meryl Streep. This could never have been without an unlikely connection with the author.
As engaging and exciting as the series has been, a second season was never planned by author Liane Moriarty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Big Little Lies was “intended as a limited series, the first season was an adaptation of Moriarty’s novel, with the seven episodes covering all the source material.”
However, due to the huge following the first season garnered, HBO wanted to keep going, and Moriarty had to come up with new material. After some time she found a break in her writer’s block with the new character, Mary Louise Wright, who was created with Meryl Streep in mind.
Mary Louise Wright is the mother to one of the main heroine’s husband, Perry, who (spoiler alert) is killed by one of the main characters. Perry’s mother’s role in Season 2 becomes a new threat to the main 5, as the truth of what happened to Perry would put them all in danger. Mary Louise is determined to learn the truth of what happened to her son, which just adds to the drama and tension in the story.
Thanks to Meryl Streep’s phenomenal acting, all the drama and tension that this new character adds is magnified to an extraordinary level. Just take a look at this one scene.
None of this would have happened if not for a mysterious connection that Moriarty had no idea she was making with Streep as she made the character with her in mind. For the famed actress, it only took her one look at the script and she was all for joining the cast. This is all thanks to Mary Louise’s name, which happens to be Meryl Streep’s given name.
Author Liane Moriarty really did create the character with Streep in mind, she just didn’t realize to what extent!
Judi Dench and Josh Gad are set to star in the adaptation of Artemis Fowl. Set over the course of eight books, the first features our hero Artemis after he kidnaps an elf-fairy and holds her for a hefty, hefty ransom to help build back his family’s fortune. His dad, who is also a criminal, has been missing for quite some time as well. This sci-fi, fantasy tale was first published in 2001, and it was a hit amongst middle grade and young adult readers. It is astounding that it took this long to get the movie, but we can’t wait for this one to come out August 9th!
Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett are set to star in this adaptation when it hits the big screen on August 9th! The story is that of an anxiety-plagued mother, who hates everyone and everything until one day she caves from the pressure and suddenly packs up and leaves. Everyone, including her fifteen-year-old daughter, are left trying to figure out where she went and why she left. The book was originally published in 2013, and it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Humor.
When this book came out in 2013, it was impossible to not see someone reading it on the train or overhear someone else talking about it. The book was an instant success, taking home the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Ansel Elgort and Luke Wilson are both set to star in the feature film this coming October. The story takes place over a decade, focusing on the coming of age of a young man whose mother dies from a terrorist attack in an art museum. This paves the way to a series of unfortunate events in his life, including moving in with his alcoholic father and stealing prized artwork. What I’m saying is if you haven’t read this one yet, make sure you get to it before this hits the big screen! It is a doozy.
This is the closest we will get, for now anyway, to a female James Bond! After her entire family dies in a plane crash, a woman discovers that this was no accident, but a premeditated terrorist attack. She decides to leave her life of prostitution behind and become part of the Intelligence Agency. She becomes the assassin she needs to be in order to avenge her family’s death and take out every last person involved with the attack. Blake Lively is to star alongside Jude Law in this juicy thriller, set to hit the big screen November 22nd!
You may be in the camp that says we don’t need another Little Women adaptation, but what if I told you Emma Watson was set to star alongside Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep? The star-studded cast is sure to make for a great film on its own. Add in the truly beautiful story Alcott penned in 1868 and it becomes irresistible. Taking place during the Civil War, it tells the story of four sisters, Mary, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they make their way through childhood and into the next stages of their lives, dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is one of the most heartwarming tales, and I can’t wait to see what these beautiful women do with the story!