Little Women (2019 film)

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Little Women
Directed byGreta Gerwig
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onLittle Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Starring
Music byAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyYorick Le Saux
Edited byNick Houy
Production
company
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Little Women is an upcoming American coming-of-age period drama film directed by Greta Gerwig and written by Gerwig and Sarah Polley. It is the eighth feature film 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 and Meryl Streep. It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on December 25, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Premise[edit]

Little Women explores the lives of the March sisters in 1860s New England, in the aftermath of the American Civil War. According to one of its producers, the new adaptation focuses more on the 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]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

A new film adaptation of Little Women was announced by Sony Pictures in October 2013. In March 2015, Amy Pascal began developing the new adaptation, with Sarah Polley hired to write the script and potentially direct.[3]

In August 2016, Greta Gerwig was hired to re-write the draft initially written by Polley.[4] In June 2018, in light of her recent success with Lady Bird, Gerwig was brought on as director.[5][6]

Casting[edit]

In June 2018, it was announced that Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Florence Pugh had been cast for the film in undisclosed roles.[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 in the same month, Emma Watson was cast to replace Stone who was forced to drop out due to her commitments to the press tour for The Favourite.[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]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on October 5, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.[16] Additional filming locations included Harvard and Concord, Massachusetts.[17] The Arnold Arboretum was used as a location to shoot a scene set in a 19th-century Paris park.[18] Filming wrapped on December 15, 2018.[19][20] Saoirse Ronan stated that, as done in Lady Bird, Gerwig banned cellphones on set.[21]

Music[edit]

On April 8, 2019, it was announced that Alexandre Desplat had been hired to compose the film's score.[22]

Release[edit]

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on December 25, 2019 by Sony Pictures Releasing.[23]

Marketing[edit]

On December 13, 2018, Emma Watson posted an on-set photo on social media showing her along with writer-director Greta Gerwig and co-stars Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen and Timothée Chalamet.[24] Six days later, Watson posted another on-set photo showing her along with Gerwig and co-star Laura Dern.[25] On June 19, 2019, Vanity Fair released the first stills from the film.[26] The first official trailer for the film was released on August 13, 2019.[27]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 2, 2018). "Sony's 'Little Women' Adaptation Adds 'Flatliners' Actor James Norton".
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  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 24, 2018). "'Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Remake". Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 28, 2018). "Oscar Winner Chris Cooper Boards Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Adaptation". Archived from the original on September 29, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (October 2, 2018). "New Regency Co-Finances Two Sony Films: 'Little Women' & 'Girl In The Spider's Web'". Archived from the original on October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
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  17. ^ "'Little Women', starring Meryl Streep & Emma Watson, is set to film in Harvard, MA this week". October 25, 2018. Archived from the original on November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Blackwell, Deborah (November 1, 2018). "Harvard's Arnold Arboretum attracts 'Little Women' with Meryl Streep". Harvard Gazette. Archived from the original on November 18, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Miller, Julie (December 21, 2018). "Saoirse Ronan on Little Women and What She Learned from Mary Queen of Scots". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  20. ^ Feinberg, Scott (April 18, 2019). "Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Won't Screen at Cannes". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "Saoirse Ronan Formed a Renaissance Version of the Spice Girls". Late Night with Seth Meyers. YouTube. December 18, 2018. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  22. ^ "Alexandre Desplat to Score Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' & Costa-Gavras' 'Adults in the Room'". Film Music Reporter. April 8, 2019. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
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