It premieres next spring.
Fans of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, will have something to look forward to in the new year. A new three-part television adaptation of the book will premiere on PBS on May 13, 2018. It will star Emily Watson as Marmee, Angela Lansbury as aunt March, and Michael Gambon as Mr. Laurence.
The first trailer for the miniseries just dropped and it looks like fans won’t be disappointed with this adaptation—it has the same spirit as the coming-of-age novel and features all the beloved characters. One scene features the classic image of Marmee and all four sisters gathered around to read a letter from Mr. March, who is away at war.
“There are only a handful of American books that have resonated with readers for as long as Little Women,” Rebecca Eaton, MASTERPIECE executive producer, said in a press release. This adaptation is scripted by Heidi Thomas, who also wrote and produced the BBC and PBS series Call the Midwife.
For those who aren’t familiar with the original novel (and you have plenty of time to read it!), it’s set during the Civil War and follows four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they grow up and experience success, love, and loss. The most recent (and perhaps well-known) adaptation premiered in 1994 and starred Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Bale.
Take a look at the trailer below and mark your calendar for the premiere.