When Greta Gerwig’s semi-biographical indie film “Lady Bird” hit theaters back in 2017, audiences and critics (and the internet) went wild. It was uncomfortable, but funny, because it was like watching all of our teen years displayed on the big screen to roll our eyes at. The film starred Saoirse Ronan alongside Timothee Chalamet and Beanie Feldstein to tell the story of a teen girl, who goes by Lady Bird, as she navigates the stressful world of being in high school and hating your parents. The film became an instant success, and launched Greta Gerwig’s success as a filmmaker.
Gerwig soon after signed on to create a new film adaptation of the classic civil-war era novel, “Little Women.” Now, fans that have been anticipating the release of the new film have finally gotten a chance to see a sneak peek before it arrives on Christmas Day this year. Yesterday, the first trailer for “Little Women” was released, and it’s pretty much put the internet in a fit because of its star-studded cast.
About Little Women
“Little Women,” the novel, was written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868 and 1869 as a two-part story. The book follows the story of four teenage sisters as they come into adulthood in a post-civil war Massachusetts. The four sisters, named Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, tell a story that challenges notions of what a woman should do with her life at the time. When the four sisters’ father has to go away to work, they have to help their mother earn a living by working. Jo, a tomboy that wants to be a writer in her adult life, becomes a central figure to the story when she has to help her sister Beth recover from scarlet fever.
The book was praised for its portrayal of realism in literature before realism was part of the literary canon. The book was published during a time when there were not many books that portrayed the reality of womanhood in a way that felt real to women. For this reason, the book became an instant success as it provided a realistic look at womanhood from a non-traditional perspective at the time. It’s tropes of challenging expectations toward women at the time made it cutting-edge for the era it was published in, and was one of the first American novels that portrayed a female character (Jo March) as being less-focused on domesticity and marriage and more focused on providing for her family and attaining to her goals—something generally reserved for boys of that era.
Today, Little Women is part of the literary canon of historical novels that provide context into what life was like during that period in history. The story has seen six film adaptations over the years, including two silent films that were released in 1917 and 1918. It’s also seen stage productions, television adaptations, and operatic adaptations over the last century and a half. Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the film, however, already has critics buzzing with excitement over the potential to be the best adaptation thus far.
Star Studded Cast Sets It Up For Success
Aside from the fact that we already know that the onscreen chemistry that comes from a Greta Gerwig/Saoirse Ronan production is nothing short of magic, the star-studded cast behind the new adaptation of “Little Women” has audiences buzzing. The trailer, which was released on Tuesday after months of excitement around when any news about the production would come out, has already been viewed more than 1.9 million times.
The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, the leading character of the story, alongside Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen as the rest of the March sisters. Laura Dern and Meryl Streep (who previously worked together on the iconic “Big Little Lies” season 2 that premiered earlier this year) also star as Mary March and Aunt March, respectively. Timothee Chalamet completes the star-studded cast for the film, which will be released on December 25 of this year. Watch the trailer below: