Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, a new three-part adaptation of Little Women for PBS’ Masterpiece and BBC One starts principal photography this July in Ireland.

BAFTA Award winner Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, Genius) is set to play Marmee, the iconic matriarch of the March family. The March sisters will be played by an ensemble of four exciting young actresses. Newcomer Maya Hawke takes the role of willful and adventurous Jo; Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune) will play the eldest daughter, Meg; Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) will play Beth; and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) takes the role of the youngest sister, Amy.

Academy Award winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) will play the girls’ wealthy relative, the cantankerous Aunt March. BAFTA Award winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill’s Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph) will play his grandson Laurie Laurence, the charming boy next door.

Loved by generations worldwide, Little Women is a universal coming-of-age story, originally published in 1868. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the story follows the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman, dealing with gender roles, sibling rivalry, first love, loss, and marriage.

This new adaptation is directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary); executive producers include Heidi Thomas, the creator of Call the Midwife.

Stay tuned for more information on when Little Women will premiere on Masterpiece on CPTV!

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