The first look at the eighth film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1869 novel of the same name about a group of women coming of age during and after America’s Civil War was released on Tuesday, marking the arrival of a major contender come awards season.
The film reunites the “Lady Bird” director with actors Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, who play the strong-willed Jo March ― a personal hero for Gerwig ― and boy next door Theodore “Laurie” Laurence.
“Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlan (Beth), “Midsommar” star Florence Pugh (Amy) and Emma Watson (Meg) play the remaining March sisters, with Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Bob Odenkirk rounding out the supporting cast.
Like many young women, the classic text was formative for Gerwig, who’s approached the adaptation with a faithful eye, filming scenes on-location in Massachusetts where Alcott and her sisters were raised, while also infusing the age-old story with some fresh touches.
“This feels like autobiography,” Gerwig, who also penned the screen adaptation, told Vanity Fair about her connection to the novel. “When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life. … It becomes part of you, in a profound way.”
“Little Women” hits theaters December 25, 2019.