AZURE TEST: Greta Gerwig previews ‘Little Women’

Academy Award-nominated director/writer Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated spin on the Louisa May Alcott classic “Little Women” recently premiered its first trailer. The dreamy cast includes Oscar nominees and new breakouts alike, with Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, and Florence Pugh, in a performance rumored to be Oscar worthy. Though “Little Women” has yet to secure a festival bow, Sony Pictures releases the film on December 25.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gerwig talked about casting the film, and the reverence she feels for her actors. For “Little Women,” Gerwig reunites with “Lady Bird” co-stars Saoirse Ronan (who earned an Oscar nomination for that film) and Timothée Chalamet, playing Jo March and Theodore Laurence respectively, whose modern-feeling romance forms the beating heart of this story. “I just adore them. They are just spectacular as live actors, and there is some true pairing between them that feels like [it’s] in the tradition of a great cinematic pairing,” Gerwig said. “I don’t know what they do — I mean, it’s magic. I direct them, but it’s all there.”

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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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