Director Greta Gerwig takes on “Little Women,” the coming of age story of the four March sisters in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
The trailer for “Little Women” is finally here.
And Jo is taking center stage.
â€œWomen have minds and they have souls, as well as just hearts,â€ main heroine Jo, played byÂ Saoirse Ronan, says with passion in the trailer. â€œAnd theyâ€™ve got ambition, and theyâ€™ve got talent, as well as just beauty. Iâ€™m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for, Iâ€™m so sick of it!â€
Director Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcottâ€™s classic tale, which reunites her with Ronan, her “Lady Bird” leading lady,Â rounds out the March sisters withÂ Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy, and Eliza Scanlen as Beth.
Laura Dern stars asÂ Marmee andÂ Meryl StreepÂ plays the sisters’Â forbidding, rich Aunt March.
The film also serves up a smoldering reunion betweenÂ Ronan and her “Lady Bird” co-star TimothÃ©e Chalamet. He starsÂ as Laurie, Jo’s best friend and closest confidant.
â€œWe wanted (the film) to feel light on its feet,” Gerwig told People Tuesday.Â “And even though it does take place in the 19th century, we in no way wanted it to feel like it was something that was past. We wanted it to feel like it was present right now.â€
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Laurie is the literal boy next door who develops an “intense friendship” with Jo. Don’t get too excited, people, their charactersâ€™ friendship never becomes romantic, despite Laurieâ€™s marriage proposal. His proposal isÂ denied, a twist on what took place when ChalametÂ played boyfriendÂ Kyle Scheible in “Lady Bird.”
“I loved that in ‘Lady Bird,’Â (Chalamet)Â was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in ‘Little Women,’ â€ Ronan previously told Vanity Fair.
Don’t expect a period piece with these characters, despite the frocks.
“They were just people. They were not in a period piece, they were just living,â€ Gerwig told Vanity Fair. “They were the most modern people who had ever existed, up till that point.”
“Little Women” hits theaters Dec. 25.
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Contributing: Andrea Mandell