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New “Little Women” Mini-Series Cast Is Utterly Amazing

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One of the most cherished aspects of my life as a major book nerd, especially before I had kids, was curling up and watching lengthy Masterpiece Classic adaptations of my favorite novels (especially anything by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens).

Lately, I’ve fallen behind on this delightful indulgence, thanks to a certain small human being who occupies my every waking (and would-be sleeping) hour, but there’s one new project that is very much on my radar: a forthcoming “Little Women” adaptation.

I don’t have to explain why Kveller readers will want to tune in, do I? Louisa May Alcott’s wonderful and sometimes strange novel of four sisters growing up during the Civil War era has become an iconic story of family struggle and love— and every screen incarnation, from the one with Katherine Hepburn to the more recent one with Winona Ryder and Claire Danes, has had its charms.

The upcoming miniseries will be helmed by Heidi Thomas, known for the beloved “Call the Midwife” show.  Even more exciting than Thomas’ involvement is this spot-on casting news— Dumbledore and Jessica Fletcher of “Murder, She Wrote” are both on board.

“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.”

With Emily Watson as Marmee and a cast of young newcomers as the March sisters, I’m fully on board. Filming is beginning in Ireland very shortly. Set your DVRs now.

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