Florence Pugh's Little Women casting shock

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 November 2018
Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh "can't believe" she's been cast in 'Little Women' alongside Emma Watson, Saiorse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Timothee Chalamet

Florence Pugh "can't believe" she's been cast in Little Women.

The 'Little Drummer Girl' actress admits it will be a "special treat" to work with Emma Watson, Saiorse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Timothee Chalamet on Greta Gerwig's upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.

She told Grazia magazine: "Those are women I've been looking up to since I was tiny. I can't believe that I'm there. I'm so aware that that is a very special treat. I'm pretty amazed that Greta knew who I was."

Though Little Drummer Gir has been tipped to make the 22-year-old actress a household name, she hasn't been "prepping" herself for fame.

She said: "I haven't been prepping myself for fame. I'm just excited for people to watch it. I don't know how it'll change me or my life but I'm hoping for the best."

But after winning critical acclaim and praise from the likes of her King Lear co-star Emma Thompson, Florence admitted it's "nice" she no longer feels the need to prove herself wherever sh3 goes.

She said: "It's nice knowing you don't necessarily have to prove yourself every time you go to work or every time you go for a meeting. It's been a couple of hardworking years, which have paid off."

In Little Drummer Girl, Florence plays Charlie, an actor recruited as an agent for the Israeli secret service and she thinks viewers "need" to see characters like hers.

She said: "People are ready for roles like this, they need it. When I started, there were lots of conversations about it needing to change. What's great now though, is hat before it was a bit of a luxury. Now it's like, 'No, these characters need to be written and women need to be playing them and people need to be seeing these stories.'
I'm incredibly lucky I'm able to enjoy the outcome of what so many people have been talking about and fighting for."

Little Women

  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • U
  • Directed by: Greta Gerwig
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper
  • UK release: 26 December 2019

Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about a group of sisters growing up after the American Civil War. Gerwig’s affection and respect for the book is obvious but she boldly captures the transition from childhood to womanhood by playing with structure; an outstanding cast and skilful filmmaking make it a…

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