Only a handful of literary classics are truly worthy of a new film adaptation for each generation. LITTLE WOMEN is one of them. The latest version of the perennially-popular story comes from actress-turned-director Greta Gerwig, who made her solo directorial debut with the Oscar®-nominated film LADY BIRD in 2017.
The first trailer for Gerwig's film, based on the enduring coming-of-age novel by Louisa May Alcott, features an incredible ensemble of acting talent, and shows off Gerwig’s refreshing perspective on the story. LITTLE WOMEN doesn't just look great. It looks natural, and somehow both modern and very much rooted in the original novel's 19th-century time period. The film opens on December 25, which might make it the best holiday gift we could ask for. Below, we look at the LITTLE WOMEN trailer to see why the film is one of our most anticipated releases this year.
Above is the first trailer for Gerwig's LITTLE WOMEN — have a look if you haven't already seen it! We think this footage shows the promise of a creative marriage between one of our most vivid new directorial voices and a story that has stood the test of time.
In addition to wowing us with her performances in films like 20TH CENTURY WOMEN and FRANCES HA, Gerwig has proven herself to be a remarkable director. LADY BIRD was one of the best movies of 2017; it's the sort of coming-of-age story we're likely to revisit for years to come.
LITTLE WOMEN appears to show that Gerwig has only deepened her understanding of all the challenges young women face as they seek their places in society. This film looks to be very true to the original novel, even as it has plenty of Gerwig’s signature charm and wit. This is not a stuffy period piece. It is as alive and ambitious as the characters within. Based on this first footage, we're hopeful that the movie will help us see a bygone era as something more than dusty days to be studied and then set aside.
LITTLE WOMEN follows the March sisters (Amy, Jo, Meg, and Beth) as they navigate the trials and tribulations of growing up in America after the Civil War. Originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, the novel "Little Women" was loosely based on author Louisa May Alcott’s life. Its power is based, in part, on her accurate and patient recollection of the days in which girls become women. We see that approach reflected in this trailer, as well. Gerwig is not trading in stereotypes; she and co-writer Sarah Polley appear to have found the essence of the March sisters.
This new adaptation features an awesome acting ensemble. Meg, the eldest March sister, is played by Emma Watson, who followed her career-defining role as Hermione, in the HARRY POTTER franchise, with excellent work in films like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE BLING RING. Meg can be matronly, and helps care for her sisters while their mother is away. Then there’s Jo, the lead character of Alcott’s story and the second eldest of the sisters. She's played by Saoirse Ronan (who also starred in LADY BIRD), and is a willful, temperamental young lady who loves literature and wants to become a writer.
Next in line is Beth, who has an affinity for music and is described as shy and sweet; she’s played by Eliza Scanlen, who made quite an impression with her supporting role on last year’s HBO series "Sharp Objects." Recent breakout and emerging superstar Florence Pugh, who recently starred in the horror film MIDSOMMAR, plays Amy, the youngest sister of the March clan. Amy is an artistic girl trying to figure out if she’s talented enough to make a career of her creative inclinations.
The girls live at home with their mother, Margaret, whom they call “Marmee.” She’s played by the phenomenal Laura Dern, most recently seen on HBO’s second season of "Big Little Lies." Her co-star on that series, the iconic actress Meryl Streep (who should need no introduction), plays the judgmental and somewhat conservative Aunt March. With additional performances from Timothée Chalamet, Louis Garrel, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk and Tracy Letts, LITTLE WOMEN looks like a marvelous year-end gift.
All images courtesy of Sony Pictures.