Following her critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig is eyeing “Little Women” as her next directing gig.
A-listers Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothee Chalamet are in talks to star in TriStar’s 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 2017’s coming-of-age comedy “Lady Bird.”
Ronan would play the protagonist Jo, Stone would portray Meg, Streep would play Marmee, Chalamet would play Laurie Laurence, and Pugh would play Amy. Sources tell Variety the studio is expected to test a handful of actresses opposite Stone before the July 4 holiday for the role of Beth.
The project has been set up at TriStar for some time, with Amy Pascal set to produce. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures.
Greta Gerwig out and about
Greta Gerwig out and about
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Greta Gerwig arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors-Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 20: Greta Gerwig attends the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Greta Gerwig, and Timothee Chalamet arrive at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Greta Gerwig attends the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Landmark Vineyards )
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Greta Gerwig speaks at SAG-AFTRA Foundation at The Robin Williams Center on January 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Greta Gerwig seen out in Manhattan on January 09, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Director Greta Gerwig attends the 2018 Film Society Of Lincoln Center & Film Comment Luncheon at Lincoln Ristorante on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Greta Gerwig is seen on January 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Timothee Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf, Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Greta Gerwig attends FIJI Water at HFPAï¿½s Official Viewing and After-Party at the Wilshire Garden inside The Beverly Hilton on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Greta Gerwig arrives at The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Greta Gerwig poses for a portrait at the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party on January 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/BAFTA LA/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Greta Gerwig arrives at the 18th Annual AFI Awards on January 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: (L-R) Greta Gerwig, Frank Bruni, and Saoirse Ronan attend TimesTalks Presents Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center on January 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Actress Greta Gerwig attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards at TAO Downtown on January 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Greta Gerwig speaks onstage at Hammer Museum presents The Contenders 2017 - 'Lady Bird' - at Hammer Museum on December 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Greta Gerwig and Joe Keery -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Greta Gerwig attends the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Actress/ director Greta Gerwig visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 611 -- Pictured: Actress Greta Gerwig arrives on November 20, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Discover More Like This
BACK TO SLIDE
Gerwig was initially brought in to rewrite a draft, but following “Lady Bird’s” success, Sony amped up pre-production in order to woo Gerwig into picking this as her next movie.
After securing her dream cast, sources say Gerwig is close to committing to “Little Women” as her next directing job.
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. The BBC’s “Little Women” miniseries aired late last year.
This would mark a major coup for Sony and Pascal, who have always coveted the IP, but wanted to make sure the right pieces were in place before pushing the project forward. If this deal makes, the package of high-profile talent ensures a fast-track into production.
The timing for the ensemble works out as well. Streep is about to finish HBO’s second season of “Big Little Lies” and can be seen next in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”
Stone had been eyeing several options after wrapping production on “The Favourite,” which is expected to be an awards contender when it opens in November. As for Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” stars, Ronan just finished shooting “Mary Queen of Scots,” which bows in the fall, and Chalamet recently started production on the Netflix pic “The King.”