Good news for film fans and book fans alike: Greta Gerwig, director of multi award-winning and much nominated 2017 film Lady Bird, is set to write and direct a new adaptation of the beloved novel Little Women.
The indie darling turned Oscar-nominated director is adapting the classic book by Louisa May Alcott, about four sisters and their mother waiting out the end of the American Civil War, in which their father has been away fighting.
Gerwig perfectly captured the universal coming-of-age angst in the overnight success that was Lady Bird, which has an approval rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and became the most positively reviewed film of all time.
So, we were understandably delighted when Variety reported that she is turning her considerable talents towards dramatising the fates of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they try to make their way in the world.
You might be thinking that another version couldn't possibly better the hugely popular 1994 version, staring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon and Christian Bale – but we're willing to bet this will give it a run for its money, both literally and figuratively (Lady Bird was a huge success at the box office, as well as with critics and audiences). It also comes hot on the heels of the 2017 BBC mini-series, and a modern retelling due out later this year.
It's not yet confirmed which actors will be assigned to play which sisters, but Variety reports that Saorise Ronan (Lady Bird, On Chesil Beach) is in talks to play strong-willed Jo, while Emma Stone (La La Land) will play the role of Meg. Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth, The Falling) is in talks to star as Amy, but Beth would appear to still be up for grabs.
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird) is rumoured to be playing friend and love interest Laurie. Streep is confirmed to be playing Aunt March, so the role of their mother, Marmee, is also still possibly open.
Watch this space for more updates. What do you think of the casting so far? Tweet us @Cineworld to share your thoughts.