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Who was in the Little Women 1994 cast – from Winona Ryder to Christian Bale?

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A scene from the 1994 movie adaption of Little Women where Mrs March (Susan Sarandon) is sat surrounded by her daughters Jo (Winona Ryder), Meg (Trini Alvarado), Amy (Kirsten Dunst) and Beth (Claire Danes)

The story of the March sisters has touched many hearts (Picture: Sony Pictures)

With the trailer for the new adaptation of Little Women being released this week, fans are now patiently waiting for the classic to hit the cinema this Christmas.

The movie, based on a novel by the late author Louisa May Alcott, stars Saoirse Ronan (Jo), Emma Watson (Meg), Florence Pugh (Amy) and Eliza Scanlen (Beth) as the March sisters – and will be launched during the holiday season on 27 December, 2019.

If you cant wait until then, dont fret: this is the eighth time the popular book has been made into a movie, meaning there are plenty of other versions for you to enjoy.

There were two silent films released in 1917 and 1918, though there is no known copy of the first one, as well as one from 1933, which starred the screen legend, Katharine Hepburn.

In 1949, the fourth version was released by Merbyn LeRoy, followed by three more in recent years.

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However, its the 1994 movie that stands out among all of the Little Women adaptions – but who was in it and where have you seen them before?

Jo March – Winona Ryder

Jo March (Winona Ryder) and Laurie (Christian Bale)

Jo just wanted to become a famous writer (Picture: Sony Pictures)

Winona Ryder, 47, was already an established actress when she accepted the role of Jo March, with a break-out appearance in the cult movie Heathers in 1989, as well as Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands – where she was the female lead against Johnny Depp (1990).

She expertly portrays the sister who dreams of breaking free from the shackles placed upon her by society (women of that time were expected to simply marry and have babies), wanting to become a famous writer.

Since the movie came out, Winona has gone on to make even bigger films, including the psychological drama Girl, Interrupted (1999) with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and the critically-acclaimed Black Swan (2010), which was based on the ballet, Swan Lake.

Meg March – Trini Alvarado

A scene from Little Women with Mrs March (Susan Sarandon), Beth (Claire Danes) and Meg (Trini Alvarado)

Meg always helped out at home and just wanted a family of her own (Picture: Sony Pictures)

Trini Alvarado, 52, is among the lesser known actors in the 1994 film.

Shes appeared on stage as well as on the big screen, and her first movie was Rich Kids in 1979, when she was just 12 years old.

Since playing Meg, the timid sister who values good manners and just wants to find a nice man to settle down with, Trini has appeared as Dr Lucy Linskey in The Frighteners (1996) and Marie Alweather in Paulie (1998). Shes also done some work on TV.

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Amy March – Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst at the premiere for Little Women in Culver City in 1994

Kirsten is still a well-known name in Hollywood (Picture: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Amy March is the youngest sister. Shes the sassy child who dreams of being whisked off her feet by a wealthy man, but grows up to become a talented artist who eventually marries for love.

Though make no mistake, hes still rich.

The character is played by Kirsten Dunst, 37, for the majority of the movie, but she hands over the part to Samantha Mathis (who plays Amy when she gets older) towards the end.

Kirsten was just 12 years old at the time, but went on to star in hit films such as Interview With A Vampire – which was released that same year – a film in which she had to kiss a 30-year-old Brad Pitt – and Jumanji (1995).

She successfully managed to navigate her childhood fame into a glittering Hollywood career and has appeared in The Virgin Suicides (1999), the Spider-Man trilogy (2002, 2004, 2007) and Lars Von Triers Melancholia (2011), to name a few.

Beth March – Claire Danes

Beth March played by Claire Danes

Dearest Beth is always in the background (Picture: Sony Pictures)

Beth is part of the main cast but yet always seems to linger in the background. If the trailer is any indication, the portrayal of the character will continue in much the same tone for the 2019 version.

Quiet though she may be, Beth still made a big impression on viewers (especially given how things ended for her) and actress Claire Danes made a name for herself with the part.

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Two years later, she starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo+Juliet, the movie adaption of William Shakespeares tragic love story.

Other hit movies the 40-year-old has appeared in include The Rainmaker (1997), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Stardust (2007).

As for her current projects, shes busy playing Carrie Mathison in Homeland – a gig shes had since the show launched in 2011.

Mrs March – Susan Sarandon

Mrs March (Susan Sarandon) braids Jo's (Winona Ryder) hair as Meg (Trini Alvarado) hangs about in the background

Susan Sarandon is considered one of the most influential actresses of her time (Picture: Sony Pictures)

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