Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel is still beloved by readers everywhere, so they should be more than excited to learn Little Women is receiving its own three-part production on PBS Masterpiece. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, Little Women follows the story of four sisters named Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they journey into adulthood. Casting for the project is still underway, but according to Variety and Entertainment Weekly, a number of high-profile actors have already signed on for recurring roles.
Three-time Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury will play Aunt March, the girls' wealthy relative, while Harry Potter alum Michael Gambon will appear as the family’s neighbor, Mr. Laurence. Rounding out the cast is Emily Watson, best recognized for her roles in War Horse and The Theory of Everything. Watson will play the iconic Marmee March, the girls' mother and acting head of the March clan. Though a tentative release date has yet to be announced, Little Women will likely premier in the spring of next year. It will be interesting to see how this adaptation measures up to the classic movie, as well as noting comparisons between it and the new Anne of Green Gables, another popular novel.