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    19th time’s a charm?

    ‘Little Women’: Angela Lansbury In Talks For Miniseries Adaptation At BBC & PBS

    Angela Lansbury is in talks to join the cast of Little Women, a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS.

    The project, from Colin Callender’s Playground, is written by Heidi Thomas (Call The Midwife) and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen). Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage.

    Lansbury will play Aunt March.

    Little Women is produced by Susie Liggat. Executive producers are Callender and Sophie Gardiner for Playground, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. Filming is slated to be begin in July.

    Lansbury, an honorary Oscar winner, is seeking her first Emmy after 18 nominations, including 12 for her signature role in Murder, She Wrote. She next will be seen in Mary Poppins Returns. Lansbury is repped by Zero Gravity Management and attorney Bob Myman.

    http://deadline.com/2017/06/little-women-angela-lansbury-cast-miniseries-bbc-pbs-masterpiece-1202119191/

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    Pulp
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    I doubt she wins, but I’m sure a lot of academy members will want to give her an overdue emmy.

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    Jake
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    Article mentions she’s just in talks? It would be amazing for her to win either Oscar or Emmy (preferably both) no matter for which projects. She deserves them all and it’s a miracle she’s still so active in her age.

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    Fingers crossed! Great role with Emmy potential in right hands.

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    vinny
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    She should have won an emmy by now so I really hope this is the role.

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    Will
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    Now it’s official.

    Emily Watson and Sir Michael Gambon also join the cast.

    Little Women Casting Announcement

    Playground Announces Little Women Cast for BBC and MASTERPIECE on PBS.

    Dame Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon star with BAFTA Award-winner Emily Watson as beloved Marmee; Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton to play iconic March sisters alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie Laurence.

    Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award-winning drama producer Playground has announced the cast for the upcoming adaptation of Little Women for BBC One and MASTERPIECE on PBS. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary) and starts principal photography this month in Ireland.

    BAFTA Award-winner Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, Genius) is set to play Marmee, the iconic matriarch of the March family. The March sisters will be played by an ensemble of four exciting young actresses – newcomer Maya Hawke takes the role of willful and adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune) will play the eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) will play Beth, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) takes the role of the youngest sister Amy.

    Academy Award-winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March. BAFTA Award-winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill’s Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph) will play his grandson Laurie Laurence, the charming boy next door.

    Loved by generations worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story, as relevant and engaging today as it was when originally published in 1868. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the story follows the four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

    Little Women has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore at the BBC, and will be produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End) for BBC One. The series is a co-production with MASTERPIECE on PBS. The producer is Susie Liggat. Executive producers are Colin Callender and Sophie Gardiner for Playground, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/specialfeatures/little-women-casting-announcement/

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    First trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xduKAqUfucc
    BBC – this Christmas
    PBS – May 13

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    Next year Angela Lansbury will be Emmyless no more. Start preparing your speech, gurl. There’s no way you’re losing this time. And I hope those bitches will give you at least three minutes standing ovation.

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    Jake
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    I surely hope she wins and this performance will warrant it.

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    She stole every scene she was in. If they can award Dame Maggie every time she does bitchy her usual scene-stealer role they can afford to finally give one to Dame Angela.

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    @sasha: I was wondering where u were. Haven’t seen you post in awhile

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    I hope they submit her in supporting and not lead. This year looks to be packed with Penlope Cruz, Amy Adams, and I think Emma Stone.

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    @sasha: I was wondering where u were. Haven’t seen you post in awhile

    Took a short break from the forums. Enjoyed Christmas with fam and boyfriend.
    Moved back in with my parents. Hated living alone with my pets in that huge apartment I got in divorce settlement. Even though I have so many pets I still need some humans around me. Humans I feel connection with.

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    Just glad to see you are back 🙂

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    Will
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    Next year Angela Lansbury will be Emmyless no more. Start preparing your speech, gurl. There’s no way you’re losing this time. And I hope those bitches will give you at least three minutes standing ovation.

    I am most certainly hope that Emmy voters would feel the same about her performance. I wish I were as optimistic as you are.

    Of course, Dame Angela was brilliant as Aunt March. Stole every scene without being over-the-top. To the contrary, it was quite restrained and full of undertones. It’s a marvel that she could say so much with just a smile or one look.

    I just wish she had more screentime. Even though she was in every episode she only had a handful of scenes in each. It would be very hard to compete against large supporting roles or co-lead roles in that category. Not to mention that the wonderful Emily Watson is likely to compete in the same category.

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