Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter films) is set to join Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Women at Sony Pictures, according to Variety. She is in talks to play the role that was originally intended for Emma Stone. Filming is expected to start next month.
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is writing and directing the film, which also has Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, and Florence Pugh in negotiations to star.
Little Women will be based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 novel, which is officially described as follows:
“Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg’s joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo’s struggle to become a writer, Beth’s tragedy, and Amy’s artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.”
The novel has previously been adapted into various movies and television series, as well as a musical.
Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord will produce. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures.