Perhaps you read Louisa May Alcott‘s novel Little Women in school. Or, watched the most recent film adaptation (1994) starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Trini Alvarado and Kirsten Dunst as the March sisters, with Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale and Gabriel Byrne rounding out the cast.
Now, the classic story, originally published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, is heading to TV with a three-part series set to air on BBC One in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S.
Just today (October 10), we’re getting our first look at the next set of March sisters:
The story follows sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who live with their mother while their father is away fighting in the American Civil War. Ryder took on the role of Jo in the film, also acting as narrator, with newcomer Maya Hawke set to portray the adventurous writer in the forthcoming series. This is Hawke’s screen debut, but if she looks familiar (she’s third from the left in the above photo) you may be picking up on physical traits she’s inherited from her actor parents, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
Hawke will be joined by Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains) as the eldest sister Meg, while Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) will take on the role of Beth, and the youngest sister, Amy, will be portrayed by Kathryn Newton (Halt and Catch Fire).
We can also look for Angela Lansbury as Aunt March, but there’s yet to be a snap of the screen legend in character. Emily Watson will play the girls’ mother, Mrs. March, who they call Marmee. Mark Stanley (Dark River) will take on the role of Professor Bhaer and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End miniseries) is set to play Laurie Laurence, both potential love interests. Michael Gambon, who you know from Harry Potter as Professor Dumbledor and more recently was in Victoria and Abdul, will star as Mr. Laurence.
This new retelling of Little Women is set to air 2018, both in the U.K. and U.S.
Is there room on your watch list for more Little Women?