New photos released today give the first glimpse of Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan as Jo March in the upcoming Little Women film.
Ronan is joined on set by an all-star cast that includes Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Timothée Chalamet.
Set in the 1860s, the new adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel will jump back and forth in time and will focus on the March sisters' young adult lives, particularly after Meg, Jo, and Amy leave their family home in Massachusetts.
An only child, Ronan was pleased to be cast as Jo, telling Vanity Fair: "I got to have sisters."
Greta Gerwig was brought on as director following her successful debut as a solo director, the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, which also starred Ronan.
"I’m so blessed to work with [Saoirse] twice," Gerwig told Vanity Fair. "She’s such a filmmaker as an actor. She’s like a barometer of … that truth that rings true."
Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, was brought on to play Meg March after Emma Stone dropped out due to other commitments.
Little Women will be in Irish cinemas in January 2020.