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Little Women: watch the first trailer for Greta Gerwig's film

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The first trailer has debuted for Little Women, Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.

The Lady Bird film-maker reunites with star Saoirse Ronan, who here plays Jo March, aspiring writer and one of the central March sisters. The remaining sisters, Amy, Meg and Beth, are portrayed by Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast) and Eliza Scanlen (TV's Sharp Objects), in a story that follows their coming-of-age in the middle of the 19th century.

Jurassic Park's Laura Dern is kindly matriarch Marmee and Call Me By Your Name's Timothee Chalamet plays Jo's potential suitor Laurie (he also starred in Lady Bird). And there's a scene-stealing appearance from Meryl Streep as the severe, ageing Aunt March, who wants the girls to commit to traditional lives at the expense of their aspirations. Check out the trailer below.

Gerwig's movie is in fact the eighth adaptation of Alcott's story, which was first published in 1868. The earliest screen adaptation of Little Women is a silent version dating back to 1917, although the most famous is perhaps the 1994 take starring Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst.

The movie has been described by Ronan as a "renaissance Spice Girls" and the performances in the trailer certainly look like they're imbued with personality and tactility. This is a Gerwig hallmark: Ronan's portrayal of an angsty teenager in Lady Bird was palpably visceral, and Gerwig has herself emphasised physicality in her own movies, famously during the street-dancing scene in 2013's Frances Ha.



Can the new version of Little Women therefore escape the corseted, buttoned-down conventions of the conventional period drama? Earlier this year, the Oscar-winning The Favourite managed such a thing, although the story of Little Women is far warmer and less misanthropic.

Let us know your thoughts on the Little Women trailer @Cineworld. The movie is released on 26th December.