‘Little Women’ remake reveals fresh take on a beloved classic


by Marion Krowczyk

“I want to be great, or nothing.” Cherished words by the youngest March sister, Amy March, sound the bell for a brand new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved “Little Women,” coming to theaters Christmas day.

“Little Women” chronicles the lives of four young sisters living in New England during the Civil War era. From Katharine Hepburn in 1933 to Winona Ryder in 1994, feisty and adored Jo March has been portrayed in numerous film adaptations. Often portrayed as a feminist ballad, invested fans await director Greta Gerwig’s take on the 1868 classic of the March sisters through the lens of the contemporary period. Following the treasured 1994 adaptation, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, and starred Ryder, Christian Bale as Laurie, Claire Danes as Beth, and Susan Sarandon as Marmee, the new star-studded cast does not seem to disappoint. The cast list was announced with “Brooklyn” and “Mary Queen of Scots” actress Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Timothée Chalamet as boy-next-door Laurie, Emma Watson of “Harry Potter” as the beautiful and elegant Meg, Laura Dern as the March matriarch Margaret or, Marmee, and Meryl Streep as the intense yet caring Aunt March. Eliza Scanlen was cast as Beth, the third eldest March sister and Florence Pugh as Amy, the youngest.

According to the “New York Times,” director Gerwig’s film shows the difference between the characters’ adult lives and their childhood lives, demonstrating the sisters in contrasting periods of life. Gerwig is known for writing and directing “Lady Bird” in 2017, which featured Ronan and Chalamet as its leading actors.

“Condé Nast Traveller” revealed filming locations which included Concord, Lawrence, Stoughton, Ipswich, Lancaster, and Harvard. As the setting for the novel and Alcott’s home, this backdrop reflects the scenery originally conveyed and intended as the story unfolds.

An “IndieWire” article named Jacqueline Durran, British costume designer for “Pride and Prejudice,” “Anna Karenina,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Darkest Hour,” as the costume designer of “Little Women.” Durran is an Oscar nominee and winner.

Filming commenced roughly one year ago and, as the December 25th release date approaches, fans excitedly anticipate Gerwig’s fresh take.