Greta Gerwig's upcoming adaptation of "Little Women" is the latest in a long line, but it is as intensely personal for her as "Lady Bird."
A big Vanity Fair spread unveils the first images from the star-studded film and includes interviews with Gerwig and her "Lady Bird" star Saoirse Ronan, who plays Jo March.
"This feels like autobiography,” the writer/director said. “When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life. … It becomes part of you, in a profound way.”
Like previous adaptations, this version of "Little Women" is chock-full of heavy Hollywood hitters. They include Timothée Chalamet as J Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, Emma Watson as Meg March, Eliza Scanlan as Beth, and Florence Pugh as Amy.
Then, there are the more grown-up characters: Laura Dern as Marmee, Bob Odenkirk as as Robert March, and Meryl Streep as the formidable Aunt March.
Of course, the heart of the story lays in the relationship between Jo and Laurie, which brings together "Lady Bird" co-stars Ronan and Chalamet.
“I loved that in 'Lady Bird,' he was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in 'Little Women,'” Ronan said.
In Gerwig's movie, the gender fluidity of their relationship is explored. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran even had them swap articles of clothing throughout the story.
“Jo is a girl with a boy’s name, Laurie is a boy with a girl’s name,” Gerwig explained. “In some ways they are each other’s twins.”
She added, “They find each other before they’ve committed to a gende. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters.”
"Little Women" opens in theaters December 25.