Big news for Little Women fans: Masterpiece on PBS announced Thursday the full cast for its upcoming adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, which will feature Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson, and Michael Gambon.
Lansbury joins the three-part production as a three-time competitive Oscar nominee and iconic star of the popular Murder, She Wrote television mystery. She will play Aunt March, a wealthy relative of the titular sisters, set to be portrayed by newcomer Maya Hawke as Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series) as Meg, Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) as Beth, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton as Amy.
Watson, whose recent credits include parts in Genius and The Theory of Everything after she rose to prominence in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Angela’s Ashes, and Breaking the Waves, boards the limited series as Marmee, the matriarch of the March clan.
Gambon, who appeared in six Harry Potter films as Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris, the original Dumbledore, died in 2002), is set to play the family’s neighbor, Mr. Laurence, while Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph) will appear as his charming grandson, Laurie Laurence.
Little Women — a coming of age story set against the backdrop of the American Civil War — is the product of Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas and will be directed by Vanessa Caswill. Principal photography begins later this month in Ireland.