Saoirse Ronan has shared her joy at getting to break Timothee Chalamet's heart in Greta Gerwig's new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

The actors previously starred alongside one another in Gerwig's acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird, and are now reuniting to star as Jo March and Laurie in the latest adaptation of Alcott's classic novel.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Ronan said of reuniting with Chalamet on-screen: "I loved that in Lady Bird, he was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in Little Women."

The Irish acting star, who grew up as an only child, singled out another positive factor to shooting the film: "I got to have sisters."

Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Eliza Scanlen play her character's sisters, while Laura Dern is Marmee and Meryl Streep plays their Aunt March.

Meanwhile, director and writer Greta Gerwig said the film will explore a "different kind of gendered relationship".

She said: "Jo is a girl with a boy's name, Laurie is a boy with a girl's name. In some ways they are each other's twins.

"They find each other before they've committed to a gender. It wouldn't be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timotheee beautiful.

"Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters."

Gerwig said of worked with Ronan again: "I'm so blessed to work with [Saoirse] twice. She's such a filmmaker as an actor. She's like a barometer of... that truth that rings true."

Ronan added of Gerwig: "In the truest sense of the word, I just idolise her."

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