Laura Dern’s The Latest A-Lister In Talks For Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

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It looks like we will shortly get to see Laura Dern teaming up with Meryl Streep on the big screen and our TV screens and we couldn’t be happier. Streep has already started filming the second season of the HBO series Big Little Lies, which is bringing back original stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Dern. However, it appears that Dern will also join Streep in a big screen adaptation of an American classic.

Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig has turned her sights to Louisa May Alcott’s American Civil War story, Little Women and Dern is just the latest in a long line of A-list stars that she has gathered round her for the production reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Streep has signed on to play the March girls’ wealthy, hard-to-please aunt, Josephine March, while Emma Stone, Florence Pugh, James Norton, and Gerwig’s Lady Bird stars – Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet are in talks to star in the project. Though they have not officially signed on, there’s talk that Stone would take on the sweet, beautiful eldest sister Meg, Ronan would be the boisterous Jo, with Pugh the vain baby of the family Amy. Chalamet can easily be envisioned as the attractive, charming next door neighbour Laurie. If Dern signs on, she would be the perfect Marmee.

Set in Massachusetts during the American Civil War, Little Women follows the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they deal with growing up and coming out into the world, the changing roles for women due to wartime, an absent father off at war and the highs and lows of young love.

This is not the first time that Columbia has produced an adaptation of the novel. Their last version was 1994’s film by Gillian Armstrong that also had an all-star cast: Winona Ryder as Jo, Kirsten Dunst as Amy, Claire Danes as Beth, Susan Sarandon as Marmee, Christian Bale as Laurie, and Gabriel Byrne as Professor Bhaer.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. In addition to 4YE, she has previously worked at PopWrapped as a Managing Editor and the UK's Kennel Gazette as an Editorial Assistant. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works promoting and advocating for the Arts, Social Science and Humanities sector in Australia and New Zealand. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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