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17 December 2019 18:37

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Gerwig's Adaptation Is as Irresistibly Charming as 'Little Women' Gets

The first public screenings of Little Women were filled to capacity, but the distributors and awards-season strategists behind Greta Gerwig's new film were worried nonetheless. I don't think it's anything like a malicious rejection," said producer Amy Pascal."I don't think that [men] came to the screenings in droves, let me put it that way," Pascal said. The team behind Little Women was braced for bad news last week when the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes announced their nominations—and it got it. The film, which opens nationally on December 25, received only a dramatic-actress nod for Saoirse Ronan from the Globes, along with an original-score nod for composer Alexandre Desplat. In the new film, Ronan stars as firebrand Jo, who longs to become a published writer, while Florence Pugh plays sometimes abrasive artist Amy, Emma Watson is steadfast elder sister Meg, and Eliza Scanlen is frail sister Beth, all living in the household overseen by mother Marmee (Laura Dern) as they await father's return from the Civil War. Gerwig also wrote the screenplay, framing the story of the March sisters within an original subplot in which Jo tries to persuade a stuffy editor named Mr. Dashwood (played by Tracy Letts) into publishing her debut novel, which tells the story of the family.

Rising star Florence Pugh is proving to be among cinemas' hottest new talent as she gears up for one of her biggest roles to date. The 23-year-old will star in the Greta Gerwig adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women, which will air in UK cinemas later this month. Pugh, who has been cast as youngest sister Amy, has been cast as Amy breakthrough performances in The Falling and Lady Macbeth, before starring in Fighting With My Family and Midsommar earlier this year. With 2019 her breakthrough year, here's everything you need to know about Florence Pugh and why she's catching Hollywood's attention. Who does she play in Greta Gerwig's Little Women?

Pugh as will play Amy in Little Women. Having starred in plays as a child, Florence bagged her first professional film role aged just 17 in mystery drama The Falling. The film's director, Carol Morley, said her audition for the role went so well that it was "like a young Kate Winslet walking into the room." "And we were absolutely delighted to say that not only did we know Florence Pugh, we thought she was absolutely phenomenal and ideal to play Charlie." Proving that acting clearly runs in the family, Florence's older brother Toby Sebastian played Trystane Martell in seasons five and six of Game of Thrones. She bagged the Evening Standard award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Best Actress gong at the British Independent Film Awards and was also nominated for a BAFTA and a number of other awards for her role in Lady Macbeth. Nominated for a Best Actress gong at the Gotham Independent Film Awards for her role in Midsommar, her upcoming turn in Little Woman is sure to see her take home a few awards.

With just over a week to go until Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women hits cinemas, the director has responded to her Golden Globes snub. The list of nominees was revealed last Monday (December 9), with the film up for Best Score, and Saoirse Ronan up for Best Actress in a Drama Film for her role as Jo. There's a notable hole where Gerwig's name should be in the Best Director category, though, which is dominated by men for the second year in a row. Appearing on the show with cast members Ronan and Florence Pugh, the trio joked about throwing a Golden Globe at a wedding instead of a bouquet, with all female directors waiting to catch it. By no means do we need another cinematic rehash of Louisa May Alcott's timeless novel Little Women, but it's that very truth that makes Greta Gerwig's fresh-yet-faithful adaptation dance with stunning vivacity. The immortalized tale of four sisters has developed a habit of being revitalized for new generations of viewers, but where oft-revamped tales like A Star Is Born are given contemporary makeovers, Little Women has always kept to its American Civil War setting, and Gerwig holds to that convention.

Now the latter have paved the way for a new ensemble to flourish: Saoirse Ronan is Jo, Emma Watson is Meg, Florence Pugh is Amy, Eliza Scanlen is Beth, and Timothée Chalamet is Laurie. It's almost like it was dream-cast by the internet, especially with the reunion of two of 2019's hottest stars in Ronan and Chalamet (whose first collaboration was in Gerwig's debut, Ladybird, and whose third will be Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch in 2020). By the end, it's like you're watching your own family, invested in every little decision with your own concern or opinion, aware of flaws and beauties in abundance. Perhaps that's the greatest strength of Gerwig's Little Women: it's a story that encourages us to be exactly who we are and to love others in the same pursuit. Per a press release, the proclamation is meant to support the hotly-anticipated Little Women movie adaptation, which was filmed in locations across Massachusetts.

While you could spend the day re-reading your favorite chapters of the Louisa May Alcott novel or giving the 1994 film another watch, Megs, Jos, Beths and (ugh) Amys alike are invited to join forces and celebrate the beloved story like never before—by taking part in a Little Women-inspired scavenger hunt across the city. The hunt, assembled by local tour organization Boston by Foot, will take LW fans from Back Bay to the Theater District, testing your knowledge of the film, the novel, and the Massachusetts author behind it all along the way. The new Little Women film adaptation, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Watson, Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, has already received ample critical acclaim.