Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are the sisters of the great literary classic Little Women that has been adapted into many movies and mini series. Now, Greta Gerwig's take starring Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Emma Watson will premiere this Christmas.
Each adaptation had its own vibrant cast of sisters from Winona Ryder as Jo in the 1994 film to Elizabeth Taylor as Amy in 1949. The strong women who played their equally strong characters have gone on to do incredible work, and this upcoming cast is no different — the trailer proves that.
Here is a list of actors who played each of the March sisters from the 2018 mini series with Maya Hawke as Jo to the first film adaptation in 1933 with Katherine Hepburn in the part.
The old Hollywood-style 1933 classic stars Katharine Hepburn as Jo March.
Directed by George Cukor, Hepburn portrayed Jo March (top) as the famous tomboy that she is, and channeled a vibrant spirit that was uncommon for women in the Depression era. Frances Dee played her older sister Meg (far left), Jean Parker played homebody and sickly Beth (far right), and Joan Bennett played the girly antithesis to Jo, Amy (middle).
Hepburn paved the way for women in Hollywood and is still a feminist icon in the industry today. The all-star actor won four Oscars in her 60 years in the industry out of more than 40 films. When Hepburn was cast in her first film A Bill of Divorcement, she negotiated a pay raise, which was unheard of for most women actors let alone someone without any experience, reports the Telegraph.
Elizabeth Taylor was the standout star in the 1949 film adaptation playing the most vain sister, Amy.
From left to right Margaret O'Brien played Beth, Janet Leigh played Meg, June Allyson played Jo, and Elizabeth Taylor played Amy. Taylor was at the height of her fame during Little Women, as it came after her breakout role in National Velvet in 1944.
The all star actor went to win two Oscars later in life, and was involved in the film industry for decades. The late actor took on many feminist roles whether they were blatantly obvious or not, like in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf or Suddenly, Last Summer.
Winona Ryder shined as Jo in the 1994 film adaptation, which had critics singing her praises.
Each of the talented young actors in the 1994 adaptation went on to do incredible work. Ryder has a renowned legacy in film, Kirsten Dunst played young Amy, Claire Danes played Beth, and Trini Alvarado took on maternal Meg. Susan Sarandon, a powerhouse feminist actor in her own right, plays the girls' outspoken mother Marmee.
The all-star cast of the BBC mini series adaptation was extremely impressive.
Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) plays Amy, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream) portrayed the oldest sister Meg, Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) made her on-screen debut as Jo, and newcomer Annes Elwy played Beth.
Hawke and Newton have gone on to some incredibly big name projects that feature strong female characters. Many praised the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke for her acting abilities as plucky Jo.
A 2018 independent movie modernized the classic story, but didn't have much screen presence.
The two big names behind this independent project were Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical), as boy-next-door Laurie, and Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth), as the matriarch Marmee. The sisters were all relatively new to the film industry, but showed they have acting chops. But, unfortunately, it didn't compare to the former classics, and received a 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
From left to right, Melanie Stone played Meg, Sarah Davenport played Jo, Elise Jones was Amy, and Allie Jennings portrayed Beth.
Fans are already thrilled by the all-star cast of Greta Gerwig's upcoming interpretation.
From left to right, Emma Watson (Meg), Florence Pugh (Amy), Saorise Ronan (Jo), and Eliza Scanlen (Beth) are a part of the incredibly star-studded cast. Also included is Timothée Chalamet (Laurie), Meryl Streep (Aunt March), and Laura Dern (Marmee).
Greta Gerwig is most well-known for her directorial debut and 2018 Oscar contender Lady Bird. Gerwig has brought back some of those same actors, Ronan and Chalamet, which is giving this film even more drive with fans.
This could be the most feminist adaptation yet thanks to the direction from Gerwig.
Outspoken Jo (Ronan) wants to write a book about her sisters that doesn't revolve around romance to prove that women are worth more than love and looks. The four sisters couldn't be more different, which is what makes them so close.
Gerwig knows how to tell a great coming-of-age story specifically for women, so this movie is already getting major Oscar buzz.