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Greta Gerwig Eyes ‘Little Women’ as Next Directorial Effort; Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Star

Following her critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated directorial debut, Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig is eyeing Little Women as her next directing gig. The novel by Louisa May Alcott, which follows the March sisters in post-Civil War America, has been adapted several times into feature films, with the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder being the most popular.

A-listers Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothee Chalamet are in talks to star in Columbia Pictures’ retelling of the American classic with Florence Pugh also in talks to star. The movie would mark a reunion for Gerwig, Ronan, and Chalamet. The young actors starred in Lady Bird together.

The roles are unknown at this time as some castings are still being worked out. Sources say the studio is expected to test several actresses opposite Stone for the role of Beth before the July 4 holiday.

The project has been set up at Columbia Pictures for some time, with Amy Pascal set to produce with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures.

Gerwig was initially brought in to rewrite a draft, but following Lady Bird’s massive success, Sony sped up pre-production in order to entice Gerwig into picking this as her next movie.

H/T – Variety

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