It’s a bit early to be thinking about the holidays, but if you’re yearning for more cinematic girl power at the box office this Christmas, you’re in luck. The latest film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women hits theatres on December 25th, and we can’t wait to get into the 19th-century goodness—and the return of some iconic duos.
Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen star as Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, respectively, with director Greta Gerwig at the helm, reuniting with Saoirse and with Timothée Chalamet for the first time since Lady Bird.
And maybe even more importantly, Hollywood heavyweights and Big Little Lies co-stars Laura Dern and Meryl Streep are also sharing the screen. Renata and Mary Louise are back—well, sorta. After seeing Dern and Streep chew the scenery on BLL, we can’t wait to watch them face off as sisters-in-law in Little Women.
— Little Women (@LittleWomen) August 13, 2019
The trailer introduces us to Gerwig’s version of the March sisters, setting the scene for the passion, drama, and heartstring-tugging to come. For those unfamiliar with the story, Little Women tells the coming-of-age tale of four sisters—all incredibly close but very different—and details their lives through the time of the Civil War, in which their father is fighting. Meg (Watson) is the domestic goddess who can’t wait to return to their lives of luxury, Jo (Ronan) is the literary star and fiery feminist, Beth (Eliza) is the sweet, shy musical ingenue, and Amy (Florence) is the baby of the crew. In their father’s absence, the sisters are raised by their loving mother, Marmee (Streep) and their stern Aunt March (Streep).
There’s some serendipitous timing with the release of this Little Women film, since it’ll be exactly 25 years since the release of the 1994 version, which starred ’90s icons Winona Ryder as Jo and Christian Bale as Laurie. With a quarter-century between the last big-screen adaptation and Gerwig’s, now seems like an ideal time for an updated version plus, putting Ronan and Chalamet back in the fray as the central will-they-won’t-they couple is sure to be movie gold.
“I loved that in Lady Bird, he was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in Little Women,” Ronan told Vanity Fair in June.
How this re-imagining of a 19th-century classic speaks to a new generation remains to be seen but we’ll be ready with our ticket and popcorn to find out.