Greta Gerwig‘s “Little Women” remake is a little “Lady Bird” (2017) reunion. Saoirse Ronan plays the indomitable Jo March and Timothee Chalamet plays her BFF Laurie in the upcoming adaptation, which made for a “great” time, according to Ronan.
“It was great. It’s lovely working with the same people again because you just know how they work and you’ve got a really good rapport with them,” Ronan tells Gold Derby (watch above) of reuniting with her writer/director and co-star. “And it was nice doing this with the two of them because it was big; it was such a big film to take on.”
Anyone familiar with the Louisa May Alcott novel or any of the previous adaptations (or that “Friends” episode) knows how pivotal Jo and Laurie’s relationship is in the story. That means a ton more screen time than in “Lady Bird” between Ronan and Chalamet. “Timmy and I had loads of scenes together this time as opposed to just one awkward scene on a bed,” she says, referring to Lady Bird (Ronan) losing her virginity to her pretentious beau Kyle (Chalamet).
Plus, the tables are turned in another way. While Lady Bird was crushing hard on Kyle “Hella Tight” Scheible, who lied to her about his virginity, Laurie is the one chasing Jo, who ultimately rejects his marriage proposal. “If anything, I break his heart,” Ronan quips.
“Little Women,” which also stars Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern, is scheduled to hit theaters Christmas Day 2019. The last film adaptation, in 1994, earned three Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for Winona Ryder as Jo. Ronan and Chalamet are both in the Oscar hunt this year for “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Beautiful Boy,” respectively.
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