The first trailer has been released for Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s (Lady Bird) adaptation of the classic 1868 novel written by Louisa May Alcott.
Gerwig gets quite the cast here, including go-to period movie star Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, Emma Watson as Meg March, Meryl Streep as Aunt March, Florence Pugh as Amy March, Eliza Scanlen as Beth March, Timothée Chalamet as Theodore Laurence, and Laura Dern as Marmee March.
Apart from the promising cast, the film itself looks very good from this trailer. Gerwig looks to be injecting what feels like a modern tone and sensibility to the much-adapted (this is the eighth feature film adaptation) story, with elements that make it right for today without (hopefully) being too obvious with its messaging. It may very well find the talented Gerwig – who both writes and directs here – in awards contention once again. The film’s release dates certainly place it at the right time for award love.
Little Women will open in the US on December 25 and in Australia on New Year’s Day.
Official synopsis for Little Women:
Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms – is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothee Chalamet as their neighbour Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.