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Then: "Columbia said, 'If you get Winona Ryder, we'll maybe consider it.'" That's what the studio said when they were pitched a Little Women adaptation, telling the filmmakers they would only greenlight the project if the It Girl of the moment, thanks to Edward Scissorhands and Heathers, would star. Fortunately for them, Winona grew up obsessed with the novel.
Now: Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse was the first March sister cast, reteaming her with her Lady Bird director. But when the project was first announced, Emma Stone was also attached to star, with no mention of which actress would play which role.
But for Greta, pairing her Lady Bird muses Saoirse and Timothee again was essential, telling Entertainment Weekly, "There is some true pairing between them that feels like [it's] in the tradition of a great cinematic pairing. I don't know what they do—I mean, it's magic."
According to Saoirse, however, she asked for the role of Jo while promoting Lady Bird, telling THR, "I've never done this before, but I went up to her and aggressively tapped her on the shoulder and said, 'So I know you're doing Little Women. I really think that I should be Jo.'"
Classic Jo move, right?