Little Women (2019 film)

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Little Women
Directed byGreta Gerwig
Produced by
Screenplay byGreta Gerwig
Based onLittle Women
by Louisa May Alcott
CinematographyYorick Le Saux
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Little Women is an upcoming drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is an adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep. It marks the eighth adaptation of Alcott's novel following silent versions in 1917 and 1918, the 1933 version by George Cukor, the 1949 version by Mervyn LeRoy, the 1978 version by David Lowell Rich, the 1994 version by Gillian Armstrong, and the 2018 adaptation. It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2019, by Columbia Pictures.


Little Women explores the lives of sisters in 1860s Massachusetts. According to its producer, the new adaptation focuses more on the March sisters' young adult lives, particularly after Meg, Jo, and Amy leave their family home.[1] The film jumps back and forth in time and focuses more on themes rather than narrative.[2]



Amy Pascal first began developing a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel, with Sarah Polley hired to write the screenplay and potentially direct.[3]

In August 2016, Greta Gerwig was announced to re-write the draft initially written by Polley.[4] In June 2018, Gerwig was brought on as director, with Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh set to star in the film.[5][6] In July 2018, Eliza Scanlen joined the cast.[7] In August 2018, James Norton and Laura Dern joined the cast.[8][9] Then on the same month, Emma Watson was cast to replace Stone after obligations with promoting The Favourite forced Stone to depart.[10] In September 2018, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk and Chris Cooper joined the cast.[11][12][13] In October 2018, New Regency Pictures was announced as an additional financier on the film, and Abby Quinn joined the cast.[14][15]


Principal photography began on October 5, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.[16] Additional filming locations included Harvard, Massachusetts.[17] The Arnold Arboretum was used as a location to film a scene in a 19th century Paris park.[18]


The film is set to be released on December 25, 2019.[19]


  1. ^ Cho, Stephen (October 23, 2018). "Everything We Know About Greta Gerwig's Little Women So Far". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  2. ^ Whipp, Glenn (July 3, 2018). "Exclusive: Meryl Streep will play Aunt March, not Marmee, in Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  3. ^ "Amy Pascal, Sarah Polley Team on 'Little Women' Remake at Sony (Exclusive)". March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Greta Gerwig Rewriting "Little Women" Remake For Sony (EXCLUSIVE)".
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  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (June 29, 2018). "Greta Gerwig To Helm 'Little Women' At Sony; Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan In Talks".
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 24, 2018). "'Little Women': 'Sharp Objects' Actress In Talks For The Role Of Beth March".
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 2, 2018). "Sony's 'Little Women' Adaptation Adds 'Flatliners' Actor James Norton".
  9. ^ "Laura Dern in Talks to Join Meryl Streep in 'Little Women' (Exclusive)".
  10. ^ "Emma Watson Joins Greta Gerwig's Adaptation of 'Little Women' (EXCLUSIVE)". August 24, 2018.
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 5, 2018). "Louis Garrel Cast In 'Little Women' Movie At Sony".
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 24, 2018). "'Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Remake".
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 28, 2018). "Oscar Winner Chris Cooper Boards Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Adaptation".
  14. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (October 2, 2018). "New Regency Co-Finances Two Sony Films: 'Little Women' & 'Girl In The Spider's Web'".
  15. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 3, 2018). "Sony Casts Abby Quinn In 'Little Women' As Filming Is Set To Begin This Month".
  16. ^ "UPDATE: Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Starring Emma Watson Production Start Bumped To Early October In Boston - GWW".
  17. ^ ‘Little Women’, starring Meryl Streep & Emma Watson, is set to film in Harvard, MA this week
  18. ^ Blackwell, Deborah (2018-11-01). "Harvard's Arnold Arboretum attracts 'Little Women' with Meryl Streep". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  19. ^ "Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie Shifts Off Sharon Tate Murder Anniversary Date".

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