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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Remaking ‘Little Women’ . . . again

Proving once more that Everything Old Is New Again, Sony Pictures has announced that it is developing yet another remake of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Because, presumably, it’s been almost 20 years since the last one. Robin Swicord, who wrote the screenplay last time around, is producing this time, alongside Denise DiNovi (who also produced the 1994 version); first-timer Olivia Milch is writing the screenplay.

There really isn’t much wrong with the 1994 version, directed by Gillian Armstrong — though I must admit that I snicker every time I hear Winona Ryder’s delicately pretty Jo moan about how “ugly and awkward” she is. (Oh, and Christian Bale as Laurie? Perfect.) But, since everybody else is talking about what the new cast might be, let’s have some fun with this. Here are my picks (note that I seem to have created a mostly blonde version of the March family):

Marmee: Robin Wright

Meg: Saoirse Ronan

Jo: Emma Watson

Beth:  Elle Fanning

Amy: Kiernan Shipka

Laurie: hmm, this is hard, as he needs to be pretty young . . .  OK, I’m stumped. Can anyone think of a heartthrobby under-25 actor who conveys intelligence and a sort of quiet maturity?

Professor Bhaer: Daniel Bruhl

Aunt March: Maggie Smith

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