The first trailer for Greta Gerwig‘s sophomore film “Little Women” has arrived. Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures have revealed the trailer for Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1968 and ’69 two-volume novel, “Little Women.” The story is a coming-of-age journey following four sisters, set in post-Civil War society.
It stars Emma Watson (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) as Meg, Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird,” “Brooklyn”)as Jo, Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) as Amy, Eliza Scanlen as Beth and Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) as Laurie. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Abby Quin and Chris Cooper.
The trailer looks fresh and as vibrant as the story has been adapted to date. Gerwig’s vision of the story and of the lives of these women is thoughtful throughout the trailer, which sees delightful colors and costume design. Alcott’s novel was adapted to the screen by Gillian Armstrong in 1994. It starred Christian Bale, Winona Ryder, Claire Denis, Trini Alvarado and Kirsten Dunst. Gerwig now imparts expressions and nods to her life in her script to help revitalize the classic story for the big screen once more. The actress-turned-director starred in the Oscar-nominated “20th Century Women,” as well as co-writing and starring in Noah Baumbach’s films “Mistress America” and “Frances Ha.”
In 2017 Gerwig wrote and directed her first feature film, “Lady Bird,” starring two from her latest, Ronan and Chalamet. The film went on to garner two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Gerwig infuses personal letters written by Alcott, which she read. In an exclusive article from Entertainment Weekly, Gerwig explains a standout line spoken by Ronan’s character in the trailer:
“Women have minds and they have souls as well as just hearts,” Ronan says in a particularly affecting clip. “They’ve got ambition and they’ve got talent as well as just beauty. I am so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it!” That quote didn’t come from the novel itself, but from Alcott’s own writings; “That’s from a letter,” Gerwig explains. “I remember reading it. I was alone in the woods. I read it and I just cried. There was something so alive about it.”