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Little Women is set to get a remake

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Beloved sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy are set to return to the big screen in a remake of Little Women.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 book this week, saying that Sony is in talks with director Sarah Polley - who starred in Dawn of the Dead before directing critically-acclaimed films Take This Waltz, Away From Her and Stories We Tell - to work on the film.

Although there have been five big screen adaptations of the novel, this will be the first since the iconic 1994 classic starring Winona Ryder as Jo, Claire Danes as Beth, Kirsten Dunst as Amy, Susan Sarandon as mother or "Marmee" Mrs March, and Christian Bale as the rich next door neighbour Laurie. 

Previous versions of Little Women have featured Katharine Hepburn (1933) and Elizabeth Taylor (1949).

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Sarah Polley is linked to the new 'Little Women' adaptation

The period drama follows the four March sisters (Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy) and their mother "Marmee" growing up in post-Civil War America. 

With their father fighting in the war, the close-knit family tackle adolescence, domestic work and general life as four women living together in tough times.

When Mr March is wounded in the war and Marmee is called away to nurse him, Beth contracts scarlet fever and their life unravels.

The story is noticeably similar to author Louisa May Alcott's life who had three sisters, Anna, Abba and Lizzie May. Lizzie died at the age of twenty-two after a bout of scarlet fever.

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Having written the book for money, Alcott was said to have thought the first few chapters were dull when she handed the transcript to the publisher, however it became an instant success. Today, it's considered one of the greatest novels in American literature.

While much of Alcott's fiction focused on women in domestic settings, she supported the women's suffrage in America, endorsing gender equality in education, employment and the women's right to vote.

While we wait for further news on the cast, tell us, which A-list stars would you like to see play the March sisters in the highly anticipated remake?

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