Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book-to-Film: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Book Riot recently reported that "Sony Pictures will be adapting Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Amy Pascal has been signed to produced and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley has signed on to write the script."

I read Little Women as a young teenager, and, being one of four girls myself, fell in love with the story.  I love how Ms. Alcott captured the family dynamic in the March home, how she illustrated each character individually and collectively as a group.  As a girl, I was really, really upset that Jo and Laurie couldn't make it work, and still think that their story is the greatest romance that wasn't.  I've seen the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder, and think they did a decent job with that adaptation.  That was a really long time ago, though, and I'm curious how this new adaptation will turn out.  

If I were in charge of casting, here's who I would put in each role:

Sophie Turner as Meg
She already acts as a key figure in another (extremely different) family, but I think she could pull off Meg's eager sophistication very well.

Britt Robertson
Britt Robertson as Jo
Anyone else out there a fan of Dan in Real Life?  Britt starred as the passionate, middle daughter, and did it so well that I'm sure she would be a great Jo.

Elle Fanning as Beth
Sweet, happy, calm, and lovely, Elle is a no brainer for Beth.

Jackie Evancho as Amy
Okay, hear me out.  Jackie has spent a lot of time on stages, so I think she would do well in front of a camera as well.  She has the look, she's about the right age, and maybe she could sing a song for the film?

Trini Alvarado as Marmie
Trini plays Meg in the 1994 film.  It would be kind of awesome for her to make a reprisal of the film, though of course she's way too old to play a teenager now.  Marmie it is.

Anton Yelchin as Laurie
Yes, the Russian Star Trek guy.  He's got that unruly likability that Laurie possesses, so he wouldn't even need to use a whole lot of his considerable acting ability.  

Who would you cast?


  1. Oh, I don't know about Anton. I love Laurie and need just the right across to play him. Anton was casted as one of my favoritebook characters of all time Odd Thomas, and I was less than pleased. I like your other assessments though. :)

    1. That character was hard to cast for sure. I like Anton, but would be open to other suggestions!

  2. Oh man, I'm having trouble envisioning anybody besides the 1994 cast. That said, I think Kaitlyn Dever would be a great Jo or Beth. And I would probably make Elle Fanning be Amy, because... I have no good reason.

    Also, can we pleeeeeeeeeeease get a younger dude to play Friedrich? Because the guy in the 1994 version was so much older than Jo that it literally gave me the squicks. Maybe have Christian Bale play that role this time? :)

    1. Haha, it would be kind of hilarious if Christian Bale played Friedrich this time around.

  3. I remember reading this book a few years ago when I was a child as well, and back then I loved it. I should definitely work on rereading the novel so that it I can have the book fresh in my mind when I go and see the movie. I didn't even know they were making another one until now DD: You have me excited!

  4. Love the idea of Elle Fanning as Beth! She would be a perfect sweet Beth. I love the idea of Jackie as Amy as well. I think she could do it! I still think Jo should have married Laurie! It kills me every time!


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