We're all very aware that there's little Meryl Streep can't do. From Mamma Mia and The Devil Wears Prada to The Post and The Iron Lady, this inspirational Oscar-winner is the best cinematic force to be reckoned with. So the overwhelming excitement around Meryl's her next role is no surprise at all.
It's been confirmed that Meryl Streep will be joining the cast of the new Little Women remake. The Los Angeles Times reported that the actress has been cast as Aunt March for the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel and by the sounds of things, the rest of the cast is shaping up delightfully too.
According to early reports by Variety, Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig might just be on the cusp of the follow up from her directorial debut. Little Women has apparently been in the works with Columbia Pictures for a while now, but an incredible line up including Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Timothy Chamolet and Saorise Ronan are all reportedly in talks to star in the classic adaptation,
It seems actress Florence Pugh is also in talks to star in the film, and sources say that a selection of actresses are due to be tested opposite Emma Stone for the role of Beth in the coming weeks. Beyond that, though, sadly we're get to hear any more concrete news.
Period drama fans will be well aware that this would not be the first cinematic adaptation of the novel about the March sisters. Last Christmas we were treated to a four-part series by the BBC and of course Winona Ryder's 1994 appearance still holds a special place in our hearts.
Greta was reportedly brought on board to re-write a draft of the upcoming film, but after the phenomenal success of Lady Bird earlier this year, the team upped the ante in pre-production to entice Greta into picking it as her next project. We're already sold on the idea, here's hoping Greta, Soarise, Meryl, Emma and Timothy are as excited as we are!
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1. A Wrinkle In Time
Based on the book of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle, a movie adaptation directed by Ava DuVernay is on the way and if you haven't watched the trailer/seen that incredible Time magazine cover, you need to get on board because it's really exciting. It's a fantasy adventure film starring Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon and with this film Ava DuVernay has become the fourth woman and first African American woman to direct a film with a budget of more than $100 million.
23 March 2018
2. The Spy Who Dumped Me
Directed by Susanna Fogel, The Spy Who Dumped me is a comedy with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon starring as BFFs who find out that the guy who dumped one of them is - wait for it- a spy. At the moment we know very little else about the film beyond the fact that Mila wears a blond wig at some point but we'll keep you posted.
3. Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig's directorial debut comes in the form of Lady Bird, the already hotly anticipated coming of age story that we all wish existed back when we were still in school. In short, it's a beautiful film about a young woman who likes to go by the name Lady Bird who is trying to navigate all of the usual suspects: her mother, her best friend, going to college, sex and, well, herself.
16 February 2018
Kay Cannon who wrote the screenplays for the Pitch Perfect films is the director behind this comedy about three parents who find out about their daughters' plan to have sex on Prom night (otherwise referred to as a Sex Pact, apparently) and try to stop it happening. ILeslie Mann is in it and she's great.
6 April 2018
5. The Darkest Minds
This is another book adaptation that you're going to want to get familiar with real quick. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and starring the incredible Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg and Gwendoline Crisitie, The Darkest Minds is all about the 2% of kids in America who survive a crazy disease and end up developing superpowers. It's got a bit of a Hunger Games meets Divergent vibe if you ask me.
14 December 2018
6. Can You Ever Forgive Me
Get ready for another dose of comedy fave Melissa McCarthy in this Marielle Heller directed project. She stars as the best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel (the film's based on her memoir, you see) who was well known for profiling big shots like Katherine Hepburn and Estee Lauder back in the 70s and 80s. That ism until she lost her groove and ended up selling forged letters and stuff.
7. High Life
Celebrated French director Claire Denis has only gone and directed her first English language movie. It's a sci-fi drama starring none other than Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Mia Goth and pretty much focuses on a group of convicts who are sent to explore a black hole (knowing that they probably won't be returning from space alive) in return for having their jail sentences reduced. It's about a father-daughter relationship, it's about family, it's about home, it's about the unknown.
8. You Were Never Really Here
And finally we have a thriller directed by Lynne Ramsay that promises to be the sort of thing that lingers in your mind for a while after watching. You Were Never Really Here is about a private 'contractor' who is tasked with recovering a teenage girl who's gone missing. It's pretty dark and violent and intense but packed a resounding punch at Cannes last year.
9 March 2018
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