Emma Watson is heading for Concord, Massachusetts.
Variety is reporting that the actress will replace Emma Stone as eldest sister Meg in the upcoming adaptation of “Little Women.”
Watson starred in last year’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. She got her start in the eight “Harry Potter” films. She also starred in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which broke her out of the role of Hermione Granger.
Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig is writing and directing the film, which is based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel. “Little Women” is the tale of four sisters who live with their long-suffering mother. Their father is off fighting for the North in the Civil War. Things start to perk up for the girls when they get to know the handsome young man who lives next door.
While all four sisters are significant and have their own story arcs, the novel is told from the perspective of second oldest daughter, Jo. Three-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan will play the aspiring writer who is based on Alcott herself. Ronan’s most recent Oscar nomination came for her role in Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” last year.
Eliza Scanlen, who currently stars in HBO’s “Sharp Objects,” will play the delicate third daughter, Beth. And Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) will play youngest child Amy.
This is the third major film adaptation of the book, among a handful of smaller films and television miniseries. Alcott’s most significant work is one of the most adapted novels by any writer. Katherine Hepburn and Joan Bennett starred in the 1933 version. In 1949, it was Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson, and Peter Lawford. Today, most cinephiles are most familiar with the 1994 incarnation which starred Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, and Christian Bale and scored three Oscar nominations.
The newest “Little Women” will also star Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, and Laura Dern.
It is set for release exactly 25 years after Gillian Armstrong’s version, on December 25, 2019.