Sony Pictures has finally released the first trailer for Little Women. This serves as Greta Gerwig's directorial follow-up to 2017's Lady Bird, which almost instantly puts this in the Oscar conversation on that point alone. Yet, we also have a new take on some truly treasured source material, in addition to a truly impressive ensemble cast.
The trailer kicks off by painting a picture of the special bond shared between the sisters at the heart of the story. We also get a strong sense for Jo, played by Saoirse Ronan, who is a progressive woman in her time, doing her best to make her own way in the world, despite being told that's not the way things work. Dramatic tension is built as relationships begin to form. The key takeaways here are how stunning and lush the movie looks, as it's clear Sony was willing to spend some money to make this thing look top-notch. It's also very clear that Greta Gerwig has a specific take on the source material and this will set itself apart from previous adaptations.
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Per the studio, Greta Gerwig has crafted an adaptation of Little Women that is inspired by both the classic novel and further writings of author Louisa May Alcott. The story unfolds as the author's er ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. The story centers on the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on her own terms. Alcott's tale was originally published in two volumes between 1868 and 1869, before being collected in a full novel in 1890. The story has been adapted numerous times in the past, with the most successful being the 1994 movie starring Winona Ryder. The BBC also aired a well-regarded miniseries based on the book in 2017.
Last time Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan teamed up, great things happened. Lady Bird was a critical smash, going on to earn $78 million at the box office. It also racked up a handful of Oscar nominations, including one for Gerwig as Best Director, making her one of very few women to ever earn a nomination in that category. Will lightning strike twice? We'll find out this Christmas as Little Women is set to hit theaters on December 25. Be sure to check out the trailer from the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube channel for yourself.
Also written by the 'Lady Bird' director, the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel features a robust cast led by Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet.
The first trailer for Greta Gerwig's feature adaptation of Little Women dropped online Tuesday.
With a screenplay also written by Gerwig, the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel — which recently passed its 150th anniversary — features a robust cast led by Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet; the latter two starred in Gerwig's debut feature, Lady Bird, in 2017.
The film focuses on the lives of main characters Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg as they navigate their young adulthood in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Alcott's novel has been adapted numerous times for television and film, beginning with the 1914 silent Paramount film and including Gillian Armstrong's often-cited iteration in 1994, which starred Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. Most recently, there was a three-part BBC miniseries starring Angela Lansbury and Emily Watson.
Greta Gerwig delivered one of the best coming-of-age movies ever with “Lady Bird,” so it’s only fitting the Oscar-nominated writer-director is tackling one of the most iconic coming-of-age stories ever written for her next feature. Enter “Little Women,” Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name. The source material is already responsible for several movie classics, including the 1994 Gillian Armstrong-directed “Little Women” starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, and Kristen Dunst, and now many cinephiles are hoping Gerwig can deliver another cinematic highlight with Alcott’s beloved characters.
Gerwig’s “Little Women” reunites her with “Lady Bird” Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, plus “Midsommar” darling Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, and Chris Cooper. The story centers around the March sisters’ coming-of-age experiences in 1860s Massachusetts, but Gerwig has redrawn the narrative structure of Alcott’s novel to tell the events in non-chronological order.
Speaking to IndieWire at Sundance earlier this year, Pugh teased that Gerwig’s adaptation will feel both familiar and radically different to fan’s of the novel. “I think what Greta [Gerwig]'s done is make a classic that we've all seen and we've all heard and we've all read — if you haven't, you've heard your gran talk about it at some point — and she's made it relevant to us now and she's made these four sisters talk in a way that sisters talk,” Pugh said. “It was a really cool thing to be part of, and it's fresh. I'm looking forward to watching it, and I got to work with some amazing women — and men.”
With “Lady Bird,” Gerwig became only the fifth woman nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Gerwig also picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, while the film landed in the Best Picture race as well. The award season success of “Lady Bird” which IndieWire recently named the 10th best film of the decade has made “Little Women” the late-hitting Oscar hopeful to watch for awards prognosticators.
Sony Pictures will release “Little Women” in theaters December 25. Watch the first official trailer below.
Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born remake, starring Lady Gaga and himself, received plenty of upfront complaints about remaking a classic that had already been remade multiple times. Blumhouse’s Black Christmas will soon join that same club, but Little Women might have topped them all in terms of the sheer volume of retoolings. To date, at least ten movie and TV adaptations including a Japanese anime version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel have been released to varying degrees of success, and director Greta Gerwig’s 2019 version will make another.
Vanity Fair published a new feature interview with Gerwig, who hints at a slightly darker version of the sister-focused story to come. What could be darker than probably unnecessary SPOILER ALERT the tragic fate of Beth, you might ask? Gerwig says that she’s making her film more autobiographical and true to Alcott’s actual life circumstances, which were filled with more hardship:
We wanted to explore as much of Louisa’s real story as we could,” Ronan says. Gerwig discovered that the Alcotts were in much more dire financial straits than the “genteel poverty” of the March sisters. Alcott was out working at the age of 15, and growing up in Boston, the family moved something like 30 times. “Her life was a lot darker than what she allowed for in the book,” she added. That lens adds drama to the moments when the March sisters step into a world of luxury.
The first version of Little Women that Gerwig watched was, naturally, the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, and Kirsten Dunst, and given that Gerwig’s Lady Bird made such waves on the award circuit, one could expect Little Women to do the same. The cast certainly hints at such an outcome. The line up includes Emma Watson as Meg, Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Florence Pugh as Amy, and Eliza Scanlen as Beth. Oh, and Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, which Ronan told Vanity Fair that she enjoyed because “I loved that in Lady Bird, he was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in Little Women.” Get your tissues ready.
Vanity Fair also published a batch of first-look photos, which you can see in the below tweet. Laura Dern as Marmee March! Sold.
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The first official look at Greta Gerwig's Little Women has been unveiled. The upcoming movie is another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic book, which tells the story of four girls who want more to life and look for it outside their current surroundings in Civil War-era Boston. Gerwig says her version of the source material "feels like an autobiography." The movie reunites Gerwig with her Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, who are all featured in the latest images.
Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet as Jo March and Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, respectively. The other March sisters are played by Eliza Scanlan Beth, Emma Watson Meg, and Florence Pugh Amy. Meryl Streep plays Aunt Josephine and Laura Dern plays Marmee. While the movie takes place during the Civil War, Gerwig isn't going back to that time for everything, including gender and expression. She explains.
"Jo and Laurie find each other before they've committed to a gender. It wouldn't be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée Chalamet beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters."
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is one of the biggest books of all time and has constantly been in print ever since selling out of the initial 2,000 copy run in the late 1800s. With that being said, the book is very important to a lot of women from many different generations, including Greta Gerwig, who took some elements of her own life into the project. She had this to say about her connection to the source material.
"This feels like autobiography. When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life... It becomes part of you, in a profound way."
In order to further tap into the spirit of Little Women, Greta Gerwig did quite a bit of extra research, which included finding more information on Louisa May Alcott's life. The movie was shot in areas around Massachusetts where Alcott grew up with her sisters, including the schoolhouse where her father taught. The director notes that the specific locations, "gives gravity to what you're doing." It's an extra detail people won't normally notice unless they are Alcott scholars, but it meant a lot to Gerwig to be able to shoot in the area.
Greta Gerwig wanted to include as much of Louisa May Alcott's life into Little Women as possible. While some would argue that the family in the story are some of the most modern for the time, they were ordinary people going through things we all go through. When researching Alcott's life, she discovered the financial woes described in the book were much worse in real-life and that as a whole, Alcott's life seemed much darker. Gerwig went all out to pay tribute to Alcott's iconic source material, which means fans of the book should be pretty excited to check it out when it hits theaters on December 25th. Vanity Fair was the first to reveal the Little Women images.
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— VANITY FAIR @VanityFair June 19, 2019
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— shre ♡ @shrereads June 19, 2019
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For fans of great women — especially Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Louisa May Alcott, and the women of the fictional March family — Christmas has come early today, with Vanity Fair rolling out a number of official first looks at Gerwig’s much-anticipated Alcott adaptation, “Little Women.”
The cast includes Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” duo Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet as Jo March and Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, respectively. The remaining March sisters are played by “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlan Beth, Emma Watson Meg, and indie favorite Florence Pugh Amy. The supporting cast includes Streep, Laura Dern, and Bob Odenkirk.
While Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” followup will offer a faithful adaptation of Alcott’s beloved novel, going so far as to shoot on location in Massachusetts and often seeking out actual Alcott-adjacent locations like the schoolhouse where her own father taught, Gerwig and her cast appear to be bringing a modern eye to some of the story’s themes.
Specifically, Gerwig has further dug into the relationship between Ronan’s Jo and Chalamet’s Laurie, one of the key bonds in the story. “Jo is a girl with a boy's name, Laurie is a boy with a girl's name,” Gerwig told Vanity Fair. “In some ways they are each other's twins.”
Gerwig added that for “a subtle connection between the two,” her costume designer “had them swap articles of clothing throughout the story.” She explained, “They find each other before they've committed to a gender. It wouldn't be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters.”
And while the film itself makes no sweeping judgments about Alcott’s own romantic life, “Gerwig wove details of Alcott's writing from her letters and diaries into the script, including a line from Jo about loving freely and deeply. It suggests a yearning that the book ‘Little Women’ doesn't otherwise explore.”
The film is also influenced by Gerwig’s own admiration for the bold way the March sisters expressed themselves creatively. “Every single one of them took what they did very seriously,” Gerwig told Vanity Fair, “pointing out that each sister has an art form. Jo writes, Meg acts, Amy paints, and Beth plays piano.”
Earlier this year, Pugh told IndieWire how much she admired Gerwig’s vision for the film. “I think what Greta [Gerwig]'s done is make a classic that we've all seen and we've all heard and we've all read — if you haven't, you've heard your gran talk about it at some point — and she's made it relevant to us now and she's made these four sisters talk in a way that sisters talk,” said Pugh at Sundance. “It was a really cool thing to be part of, and it's fresh. I'm looking forward to watching it, and I got to work with some amazing women — and men.”
Head over to Vanity Fair to see the first photos from “Little Women” and to hear more from Gerwig and her cast.
Sony Pictures will release Gerwig's “Little Women” in theaters December 25, 2019.