But some recent news of the film’s development has deviated — if only slightly — from the original cast speculation. According to The Los Angeles Times, Streep has signed on to the movie to play Aunt March and not Marmee, as some had thought.
For those of you who took a Sparknotes-only approach to high school English classes, Aunt March may not exactly be freshest Little Women character in your mind. And that is probably due, in large part, to the fact that Aunt March isn’t exactly a fully developed character in the book — her main involvement in the book is being wealthy, crotchety, picking favorites among the March sisters, and, ultimately, dying, so Jo can inherit her home and get married. Because of this, Aunt March is usually glossed over in movie and TV adaptations of Little Women.
And Robin Swicord, who wrote the 1994 film version of Little Women and is a producer on the upcoming film, told the Los Angeles Times that Gerwig’s adaptation will focus mainly on the sisters’ adult lives, which may give Aunt March some more to do.
“It’s very adult and interesting and thoughtful…and, of course, given the material, it’s always going to be romantic,” Swicord told The Los Angeles Times. “Greta has a wonderfully associative, well-furnished mind. Her take on the novel more than convinced us that we could bring something new to the screen.”