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  • Greta Gerwig was originally tasked by Sony Pictures to write a new screen adaptation of Louise May Alcott's novel after the studio had rejected earlier scripts by Olivia Milch and Sarah Polley. However, after the success of Gerwig's Lady Bird (2017), Sony Pictures hastily offered Gerwig the chance to direct this film using her script in the hopes of forcing the delayed project into production after years of development hell.
  • Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, and Greta Gerwig all previously collaborated on Gerwig's solo feature film directorial debut, Lady Bird (2017).
  • Meryl Streep and Emma Stone were both nominated for Oscars in 2017. Stone won for La La Land.
  • Meryl Streep was originally courted for the title role in Cruella, a role eventually fulfilled by Emma Stone.
  • Features two Oscar winners (Meryl Streep and Emma Stone) and three Oscar nominees (Saoirse Ronan, Timoth?e Chalamet and Laura Dern).
  • This film was stuck in development hell for over five years. The project began in 2013 when Sony Pictures tasked Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord with producing another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel. Sony executives hoped to recapture the box-office success of their earlier 1994 version. The studio hired writer Olivia Milch to pen the script, but Milch's script was deemed unsatisfactory. In 2015, Sony executive Amy Pascal hired Sarah Polley to write a new script, but this version too was unsatisfactory. By 2018, Pascal had departed Sony, and Greta Gerwig was brought on board as writer and director.
  • Emma Watson took over the role of Meg March from Emma Stone, who became unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with promoting The Favourite (2018). Ironically, Stone previously took over the role of Mia in La La Land (2016) after Watson dropped out of the project due to the commitment of her role as Belle in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • Meryl Streep appeared alongside character actress Mary Wickes in Postcards from the Edge (1990) who four years later would play Aunt March in Little Women (1994).
  • Meryl Streep and Laura Dern co-star in season 2 of HBO's Big Little Lies (2017).
  • With her role as Jo March, this is the second time that Saoirse Ronan has portray one of Katharine Hepburn's iconic roles after Mary, Queen of Scots (in which she portrayed the titular character in Mary Queen of Scots (2018)). She also shared a common bond with Winona Ryder, who played Jo in the 1994 version of Little Women (1994). Ronan played Abigail Williams in the 2016 Broadway revival of "The Crucible", the same role that Ryder played in the 1996 film.
  • Emma Stone was originally cast as Meg March.
  • The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper; and three Oscar nominees: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Laura Dern.
  • Amy Pascal's continued role as the producer of Little Women (2019) has drawn ire. While Chairperson of Sony Pictures, Pascal defended the gender pay gap at her company. When queried why she paid her actresses less than male actors, Pascal replied: "People want to work for less money, I'll pay them less money. I don't call them up and go, 'Can I give you some more?'"
  • Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper previously appeared in Adaptation. (2002) and August: Osage County (2013); the latter being written by Tracy Letts who based it on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.
  • Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and Tracy Letts all previously worked together in Steven Spielberg's The Post (2017).
  • Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Greta Gerwig, and Timoth?e Chalamet have worked with Wes Anderson on their respective films; Ronan starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Streep and Gerwig lend their voice work in their respective stop-motion animated films: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018) while Chalamet is set to appear in the upcoming The French Dispatch.
  • Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Greta Gerwig, and Timoth?e Chalamet have worked with Wes Anderson on their respective films; Ronan starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Streep and Gerwig lend their voice work in their respective stop-motion animated films: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018), while Chalamet is set to appear in the upcoming The French Dispatch.
  • Meryl Streep co-starred with Angela Lansbury in Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Lansbury played Aunt March in the BBC TV series Little Women (2017), the same role that Streep will play in the 2019 adaptation. In addition, both Streep and Lansbury also played the villainous role of the candidate's dominating mother in Richard Condon's adaptations of The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004), respectively.
  • Chris Cooper and Bob Odenkirk have both committed voice work at Pixar Animation Studios. Cooper was in Cars 3 (2017) and Odenkirk was in Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Timothée Chalamet's role was played in the 1994 film by Christian Bale. Chalamet and Bale appeared together in the film Hostiles (2017). Their careers have other parallels as well. Chalamet states that he was inspired to become an actor after seeing The Dark Knight (2008); although he also stated that it was Heath Ledger' performance in particular that inspired him. Chalamet later went on to work with director Christopher Nolan as well, appearing in Interstellar (2014). His character was played as an adult by Casey Affleck, while Bale was succeeded as Batman by Ben Affleck.
  • Stars Bob Odenkirk and Angela Lansbury share the same birth month of October and are both Libras.
  • Timoth?e Chalamet reportedly turned down the lead male role in Greta Gerwig's breakout film Lady Bird (2017).
  • Angela Lansbury first met director Greta Gerwig at The 2018 Academy Awards (2018).
  • This is the thirteenth film produced by Amy Pascal following her departure from Sony Pictures.
  • Screenwriter Sarah Polley worked on the script prior to Greta Gerwig taking over scripting duties.
  • Actor Timoth?e Chalamet turned down a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) in which co-star Laura Dern played Vice Admiral Holdo.
  • Actress Angela Lansbury starred in the earlier animated version of Beauty and the Beast (1991) while her Little Women co-star Emma Watson starred in the live-action remake Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • Little Women stars Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep both appeared in Every Act of Life (2018).
  • Famed actresses Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep previously made Mary Poppins Returns (2018) together.
  • This will be the nineteenth film in which Emma Watson has a starring role.
  • The film's cast includes three Oscar nominees: Saoirse Ronan, Timoth?e Chalamet, and Laura Dern.
  • Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Greta Gerwig, and Timothée Chalamet have worked with Wes Anderson on their respective films; Ronan starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Streep and Gerwig lend their voice work in their respective stop-motion animated films: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018), while Chalamet and Ronan are set to appear in the upcoming The French Dispatch (2020).
  • Although they portray heroines of American literature, none of the four leading ladies are American. Emma Watson and Florence Pugh are British, Saoirse Ronan is Irish, and Eliza Scanlen is Australian.
  • Saoirse Ronan appeared alongside Susan Sarandon in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (2009). Sarandon previously portrayed Marmee March in the 1994 version of Little Women (1994).
  • Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh were considered for the role of Yelena Belova in Black Widow (2020). Ultimately, Pugh prevailed.
  • Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord, the producers of this film, also worked on the 1994 version of Little Women (1994). In that film, Di Novi also served as the producer, while Swicord wrote the screenplay for the 1994 version.
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