Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet are in talks for director Greta Gerwig's forthcoming adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic novel Little Women.

According to Variety, Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh and Emma Stone are also in talks to star in the film to be directed by Gerwig whose most recent film, Lady Birdstarred Ronan and Chalamet.

Little Women describes the lives of the teenage sisters Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg and their mother in Massachusetts during the American Civil War. They experience first love and their first holiday without their father, who is a traveling minister. 

Alcott's much-loved classic was previously adapted for a 1994 feature starring Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst and was more recently adapted by the BBC. 

Gerwig was originally attached to the movie as a writer but she has taken over directorial duties, making Little Women Gerwig's first major project since Lady Bird, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Saoirse Ronan will also star opposite Margot Robbie in the much-anticipated Mary Queen of Scots. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep is scheduled for the second season of Big Little Lies and she will also be seen in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. 

Timothee Chalamet: also in talks