The first ‘Little Women’ trailer hints at an impressive adaptation of the classic novel

Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, and more filmed this period drama in Massachusetts in 2018.

The first trailer for “Little Women” hit the internet Tuesday morning, giving audiences a first look at the all-star cast that spent months filming in Massachusetts last year.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, the trailer introduces the four March sisters — Meg (Emma Watson of “Harry Potter” fame), Jo (Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”), Beth (Eliza Scanlen, “Sharp Objects”), and Amy (Florence Pugh, “Midsommar”) — living in a cramped house Alcott loosely based on her own home in Concord, Mass.

The trailer makes clear the pressure the four sisters face to marry well, though each has her own ambitions aside from finding a suitable husband.


“Women, they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts,” Jo says in the trailer. “And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. And I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all that a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it.”

Beyond the four sisters, the trailer also features other notable members of director Greta Gerwig’s impressive ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep as Aunt March, Laura Dern (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) as Marmee March, and Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) as longtime friend Theodore “Laurie” Laurence.

“Little Women” was big news around Massachusetts this past fall, with actors in period-appropriate attire popping up in prominent Boston spots like the Common, the Back Bay, the Fairmont Copley Plaza, and Arnold Arboretum. Beyond Boston, the film shot in Canton, Concord, Franklin, Groton, Harvard, Ipswich, Lancaster, Lawrence, Stoughton, and Waltham.

“Little Women” will land in theaters on Dec. 25, 2019.

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