Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet have reunited with Lady Bird director/writer Great Gerwig to play Jo and Laurie in Louisa May Alcott’s American classic novel-come-film Little Women. The movie tells the tale of four close-knit sisters as they forge their identities and find their places in the world – as females – in the years after the Civil War.

Twenty five years since Wynona Ryder played Jo March and 61 more since Katharine Hepburn tackled the role for George Cukor, Gerwig felt it was a good time to dust off the novel and try again. “Little Women has been part of who I am for as long as I can remember,” Gerwig said at the film’s premiere on Saturday night in New York. “There was never a time when I didn’t know who Jo March was, and she was always my girl, the person I wanted to be and the person who I hoped I was.”

Post the premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street, the film’s cast and lucky crew members were ushered to a secret location where they partied the night away. Ronan, Florence Pugh (who plays Amy) and Australian actress Eliza Scanlan (who plays Beth) hadn’t seen the fourth sister Emma Watson (who plays Meg) since filming wrapped last year so it was a sweet little reunion. Also in attendance at the after party were Laura Dern (who plays the March sister’s mother, Marmee), Gerwig, producer Amy Pascal – and that darling Chalamet who stopped for pictures and signed autographs with fans outside the venue. Take a peek.

Little Women will be in Australian cinemas on January 1, 2020.