The first official look at Greta Gerwig's Little Women has been unveiled. The upcoming movie is another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic book, which tells the story of four girls who want more to life and look for it outside their current surroundings in Civil War-era Boston. Gerwig says her version of the source material "feels like an autobiography." The movie reunites Gerwig with her Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, who are all featured in the latest images.
Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet as Jo March and Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, respectively. The other March sisters are played by Eliza Scanlan (Beth), Emma Watson (Meg), and Florence Pugh (Amy). Meryl Streep plays Aunt Josephine and Laura Dern plays Marmee. While the movie takes place during the Civil War, Gerwig isn't going back to that time for everything, including gender and expression. She explains.
"(Jo and Laurie) find each other before they've committed to a gender. It wouldn't be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée Chalamet beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters."
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is one of the biggest books of all time and has constantly been in print ever since selling out of the initial 2,000 copy run in the late 1800s. With that being said, the book is very important to a lot of women from many different generations, including Greta Gerwig, who took some elements of her own life into the project. She had this to say about her connection to the source material.
"This feels like autobiography. When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life... It becomes part of you, in a profound way."
In order to further tap into the spirit of Little Women, Greta Gerwig did quite a bit of extra research, which included finding more information on Louisa May Alcott's life. The movie was shot in areas around Massachusetts where Alcott grew up with her sisters, including the schoolhouse where her father taught. The director notes that the specific locations, "gives gravity to what you're doing." It's an extra detail people won't normally notice unless they are Alcott scholars, but it meant a lot to Gerwig to be able to shoot in the area.
Greta Gerwig wanted to include as much of Louisa May Alcott's life into Little Women as possible. While some would argue that the family in the story are some of the most modern for the time, they were ordinary people going through things we all go through. When researching Alcott's life, she discovered the financial woes described in the book were much worse in real-life and that as a whole, Alcott's life seemed much darker. Gerwig went all out to pay tribute to Alcott's iconic source material, which means fans of the book should be pretty excited to check it out when it hits theaters on December 25th. Vanity Fair was the first to reveal the Little Women images.