Fans of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic can look forward to the Little Women miniseries, an upcoming adaptation from PBS and BBC with a recently-announced A-list cast.
PBS and BBC announced the news yesterday that Michael Gambon, known for his beloved portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series, is joining the cast of the miniseries, playing March family neighbor Mr. Laurence. Gambon will star alongside Murder She Wrote actress Dame Angela Lansbury, who plays the role of Aunt March.
A quartet of talented actresses are set to star the roles of the March sisters. Willa Fitzgerald will play eldest daughter Meg; Maya Hawke stars as Jo; Annes Elwy will play Beth; and Kathryn Newton will round out the cast as youngest sister Amy.
Additionally, Jonah Hauer-King is cast in the role of neighbor Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, and Emily Watson will play the March matriarch affectionately known as Marmee.
This new version of Little Women is being adapted by Heidi Thomas — the writer and creator of Call the Midwife — and she will also take on the role of executive producer. Producer Colin Callender calls the adaptation “a character study of young women rich in texture and detail,” and Callender hopes it will resonate with contemporary viewers and bring the story to a “a whole new generation.”
In a press release, Thomas stated:
“Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason. Its humanity, humor, and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”
Little Women will begin filming this month, and is expected to run in three parts, each about an hour long. The miniseries is set to air on BBC and PBS in 2018.
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