Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk has just joined the cast of Greta Gerwig's anticipated rendering of the Louisa May Alcott classic, Little Women, adding to the increasing intrigue surrounding the film. This casting news follows the announcement one month ago that Emma Stone would be replaced by Emma Watson.
Back in June, fans first heard whispers of Gerwig's next project. The director, who so gracefully depicted the life of a high school girl in the irrefutably successful Lady Bird, had plans to write and direct an adaptation of Little Women. If that wasn't enough to excite fans, subsequent casting news would be sufficient. Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Laura Dern have all signed on for the project. The star-studded cast appears to only be increasing as news continues to flood in.
Deadline reports that Bob Odenkirk had joined the Sony film. The actor is best known for his portrayal of Saul Goodman in both Breaking Bad and its spinoff, Better Call Saul. Although, Odenkirk got his start writing sketch comedy for shows like Saturday Night Live, The Ben Stiller Show, and Mr. Show with Bob and David – that he starred in with David Cross. Recently, however, Odenkirk has been moving into more dramatic work as he starred in Oscar nominated film, The Post, alongside Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sarah Paulson.
This is not the first time Little Women has been re-imagined for the big screen; in fact, it's not the second or third time, either. It was adapted into four films – two silent and four with sound – along with six TV series, two Japanese anime series, one musical and one opera. Back in 2015, The CW even considered developing a gritty, sci-fi, dystopian version rife with conspiracy theories and strained relationships; this remake fell apart in development due to script issues.
The classic story is a popular tale that has been retold time and again since its inception in 1868. Yet, in this generation the classic story has an all new purpose. Even as society still struggles with the understanding of women's rights, what it means to be "women" has changed drastically since the time of Alcott's novel. Gerwig, known for her unique insight into the world of young women, is sure to lead this project to success, and her award-winning, star-studded cast doesn't hurt either.