The images showcase the incredible cast, including Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, Emma Watson as Meg March, Florence Pugh as Amy March, Eliza Scanlen as Beth March, Laura Dern as the matriarch of the March family, Meryl Streep as the overbearing Aunt March, and Timothée Chalamet as Theodore Laurence.
One notable absence is Emma Stone, who was forced to drop out of the film in August of last year due to scheduling conflicts with promoting The Favourite. She was quickly replaced with another Emma, this time of the Watson variety.
A couple cast members are already familiar with Gerwig’s style of filmmaking; Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet both starred in her acclaimed 2017 solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, which is currently the second-highest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes, right behind Black Panther and just ahead of the 1939 timeless classic The Wizard of Oz. Gerwig also wrote the screenplay for the film.
At the 90th Academy Awards, Lady Bird was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), and Best Original Screenplay, but it failed to win in any of the categories for which it was nominated.
In Little Women, Ronan will once again be stepping into the role of leading lady, and Chalamet will again be playing a kind of “love interest” for Ronan as he did in Lady Bird. However, unlike Lady Bird’s 2002 Sacramento setting, Gerwig’s newest film will be set in Civil War-era Massachusetts.
In an interview with Vanity Fair regarding the first images, Gerwig said Little Women feels personal to her.
“This feels like autobiography,” she said. “When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life … It becomes part of you, in a profound way.”
Gerwig has committed to making her version of the film as close to the source material as possible, shooting on location in Massachusetts and drawing inspiration from era-appropriate works of art.
“It gives gravity to what you’re doing,” Ronan told Vanity Fair. “The physical place really reminds you of the story you’re trying to tell.”