'The Little Drummer Girl' star Florence Pugh's first look as Amy March in 'Little Women'
After donning the role of bold, independent, and young actress Charlie, Florence Pugh is going a century back to bring out another strong female character in 'Little Women'
Florence Pugh is currently playing the role of a young, aspiring actress, Charlie, who has been recruited by the Mossad to bring down a terrorist, in the Park Chan-wook-directed adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel 'The Little Drummer Girl'. However, the 22-year-old actress is also set to star in yet another periodical drama in the upcoming Greta Gerwig's version of Louis May Alcott's 'Little Women'.
Starring alongside Emma Watson ('Harry Potter' franchise), Saoirse Ronan ('Ladybird'), and Eliza Scanlen, Pugh will play the role of the youngest March sister, Amy, while Watson, Ronan, and Scanlen will play the elder March sisters, Meg, Jo, and Beth respectively. Adapting from Alcott's 1868 novel, the story is set to follow the plight of the four March sisters in the Civil-War and in the post-Civil-War era, as they fight to exist in a world torn between orthodox and modern thinkers. The turmoil takes a domestic shape in the March house, as the sisters try to suppress their desires in order to maintain the course of a minimalist living, as their mother does.
Pugh, who seems to have begun his career with various periodical pieces, such as 'Lady Macbeth' (2016), 'Outlaw King' (2018), and 'The Little Drummer Girl' (2018), is almost a fitting face for the character of Amy who, unlike her elder sisters, still pines for a life full of vanity and luxury. The character is quite different from the ones that Pugh has been playing all along. The 22-year-old, who had starred alongside 'Game of Thrones' actress Maisie Williams in 'The Falling' (2014), had earlier expressed the amount of pressure she felt while preparing for the role which is different in tone but represents the similar strong-willed female figure like the rest of her characters.
Speaking with Harpers Bazaar, the actress had revealed that the pressure was probably mounting because it is an extremely "anticipated" role. Although Pugh has been playing some well-known historical and fictional characters who are set against different periods in time (mostly in the past), Amy March is probably the most popular character that she will play onscreen. However, the actress still believes that the role continues to excite her due to its relevance in the present era of #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. "There are so many things [in the book] that are relevant to anyone, everyone here, now, women. Conversations of women, I mean it's been a massive thing in the industry, the conversation, and you have this whole a book of these girls, these four fantastic girls."
Pugh has been picking up roles in movies that are mostly women-centric, and all her characters have had the common factor of being independent and bold in spite of belonging to eras where women were suppressed under the law. Her characters have always depicted the strength and will in a woman to overcome all odds and survive in the finest possible way. Her most recent character, Charlie, is winning the hearts of audiences due to her street smartness, and her undying effort to excel in her art. Probably the reason why Pugh chose to play Charlie was because she "didn’t have to put on a mask". However, with Amy, she will have to maintain a strict balance between ambition and innocence, and we cannot wait to watch her play the role.
'Little Women' is set to release in 2019, and 'The Little Drummer Girl' airs every Sunday at 9 pm on BBC One.