Many generations fell in love with many film and television adaptation of Little Women, with releases spanning from 1933 to present day—starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood history. And many fans young and old have long adored the classic 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott. Now a new group of Hollywood heavy hitters, and a few talented newcomers, will grace the silver screen for the newest Little Women film adaptation, set to be released Christmas of 2019. For a sneak peek into what’s in store, here are 8 reasons you should watch the newest Little Women.
It’s based on a classic.
It seems that rendering new adaptations of Alcott’s novel never seem to get old. This film is next in a long canon of film adaptations of Little Women, with previous films released in 1933, 1949, and 1994. Alcott’s novel and its many adaptations follow the lives of four sisters and their journey to womanhood. Alcott’s novel was originally released on two volumes in 1868 and 1869.
The trailer is a good foreshadowing.
Released on August 13th, the new trailer sets the scene for a great interpretation of the storyline and only heightens expectations for the film.
This remake has a cast of amazing female actors.
Set to play the female characters that comprise Little Women are some of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood. The sisters will be played by Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. Meryl Streep will portray Aunt March, and Laura Dern as their mother Margaret, or affectionately known as “Marmee.”
The film will also star Timothée Chalamet
Breakout actor Timothée Chalamet will also star in the film as neighbor Laurie. Chalamet rose quickly to Hollywood stardom after the release of 2017 flim Call Me by Your Name. He has starred opposite Saoirse Ronan previously in a film, as Kyle in Lady Bird.
The film is directed by Greta Gerwig
If Gerwig’s previous projects are any indication of her interpretation of Little Women, then we are all in for a real treat. Past projects by writer and director Gerwig include films like Oscar nominated Lady Bird and Frances Ha, which snagged her a Golden Globe nomination.
Producers say there’s more focus on the sisters.
According to one of the film’s producers Robin Swicord, this adaption will closely examine the adult lives of the sisters, as they leave their childhood home. “It’s really taking a look at what it is for a young woman to enter the adult world,” said Swicord.
Characters Jo and Laurie have an interesting twist.
In this film adaptation, Gerwig has added interesting parallels between Jo and Laurie. They were always an interesting reverse reflection of each other, with Jo being a girl with a common boy name, and the same for Laurie with a typical girl’s name. But Gerwig has also included subtle clothing swaps between the characters in this film.
The script will follow them to adulthood.
It’s rumored that the timeline will cut forward and backward to reveal who the March women become, as well as who they were in their childhood years.