Reading Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women has been a rite of passage for girls since 1868. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication, fans will be delighted to know that there’s not one, but two Little Women adaptations in the works. We rounded up things to know about the TV and movie adaptations of Little Women coming in 2018. Check out the details below.
1. The miniseries will air in three parts on PBS Masterpiece.
Adapted by Call the Midwife‘s Heidi Thomas, Little Women will be directed by Vanessa Caswill, and PBS is collaborating with Playground (developer of 2015’s Wolf Hall) and BBC to produce.
“To put this deeply moving story in the hands of a writer with the heart and depth of Heidi Thomas seems just right,” said Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “And Colin Callender will oversee this production with the magic he brings to everything he touches, whether its Wolf Hall or the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently selling out in London.”
2. The series boasts an impressive cast.
Murder She Wrote‘s Dame Angela Lansbury stars as Aunt March and Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon will play the sisters’ elderly neighbor, Mr. Laurence. The four March sisters will be played by Willa Fitzgerald (Meg), Annes Elwy (Beth), Maya Hawke (Jo), and Kathryn Newton (Amy). Emily Watson will be Marmee, and Jonah Hauer-King will fill the role of young Laurie, love interest for both Jo and Amy.
3. Our first glimpse of the series looks absolutely beautiful.
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh is the costume designer behind the project, and actress Kathryn Newton (who plays Amy) told WWD how many of her costumes were custom-made for the TV show. “We picked the colors, Amy’s color was blue, bows on everything. That was magic. I can’t wait to do another period piece,” said Newton.
4. The movie version will be directed by Clare Niederpruem.
Deadline reports that Niederpruem co-wrote the script with her writing partner Kristi Shimek. Little Women marks Niederpruem’s directorial debut.
5. Lea Thompson plays the family matriarch, Marmee.
Additionally, Lucas Grabeel — Thompson’s costar in Switched at Birth — will play Laurie. CinemaBlend reports that Teen Wolf‘s Ian Bohen will play Jo’s future husband, German professor Friedrich “Freddy” Bhaer.
6. The four sisters will be played by up-and-coming actresses.
Melanie Stone and Sarah Davenport star as the eldest March sisters, Meg and Jo, respectively. Allie Jennings will play the older version of Beth, and Taylor Murphy stars as the older version of the youngest sister, Amy.
The movie is expected to be released in 2018.
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