Fans of the 1994 movie version of Little Women, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Bale, are probably a little trepidatious about the forthcoming adaptation of the story. But recent casting news, and the fact that Greta Gerwig has been announced as the film’s director, should satiate people who love Louisa May Alcott’s classic story.

Here’s everything we know about the new Little Women movie so far:

 

The Cast

Emma Watson has replaced Emma Stone in the movie, according to Entertainment Weekly. And according to IMDb, Watson will play Meg March.

The Little Women reboot has already announced Meryl Streep, and it’s thought that she will be portraying the sisters’ wealthy aunt, after one of the film’s producers revealed that she’s not joining the cast as the family’s matriarch, Marmee March. Which means there’s a very big possibility that Streep’s Big Little Lies co-star, the inimitable Laura Dern, will take on the famous role instead.

Eliza Scanlen, known for her role as Amma in Sharp Objects, will play Beth. British actress Florence Pugh is thought to be playing Amy.

Meanwhile, Timothée Chalamet is playing iconic love interest Laurie, while Lady Bird‘s very own Saoirse Ronan rounds out the cast, with Town & Country speculating that she’ll be playing Jo.

The Director

As The Hollywood Reporter announced back in June 2018, Gerwig will both write and direct the new adaptation of the classic story, following the success of her directorial debut, Lady Bird.

The Release Date

According to producer Robin Swicord (who just so happened to write the 1994 movie version), via The LA TimesLittle Women will shoot on location in Boston from October 2018. The movie’s release date is currently scheduled for Christmas Day 2019.

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The Story

The Cut reports that Gerwig is breathing new life into the classic story, by exploring different aspects of the lives of the characters. Apparently the script will focus on the crucial moments “after Meg, Jo, and Amy leave home,” and will cut back and forth in time to show their childhoods, and the women they become.

As producer Swicord revealed to The LA Times, “It’s really taking a look at what it is for a young woman to enter the adult world.”

This article was originally posted on Harpers Bazaar.

Minor changes have been made by the Quiet Curator editors.