Timothée Chalamet as Laurie in 'Little Women' Receives Mixed Reactions As Some Fans Miss Christian Bale

The trailer for the film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women caused quite the stir on social media when it released on Tuesday.

Timothée Chalamet 'Little Women' Casting Gets Mixed Reactions on Twitter
Timothée Chalamet attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019, in London, England. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Many fans shard their excitement for the latest film rendition of the novel, which has been adapted into a television musical, an opera and several movies since its initial 1868 release. While numerous people were thrilled over the cast—which stars Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh as the famous March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, respectively—the casting of the intelligent, hopeless romantic Laurie drew mixed reactions from fans.

Some Little women fans couldn't help but swoon over Timothée Chalamet's casting as Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, the March sister's loyal neighbor and Jo's proposed love interest. Comments about Chalamet's "Laurie hair," good looks and charming chemistry with Ronan previewed in the trailer were plentiful.

I may’ve played Jo March in my 6th Grade production of Little Women, but I know I’m an Amy...cuz I’d marry @RealChalamet’s Laurie w.o hesitation #LittleWomenMovie #LittleWomen https://t.co/NqMahSSW7G

— Alyssa Ray (@misslyss112) August 13, 2019

However, not everyone was sold on the casting, particularly those fans who first fell in love with the character during Christian Bale's portrayal of Laurie 25 years ago. While there was an obvious understanding for the need to cast someone as young and dashing as Chalamet as Laurie—an aspect that many Bale-lovers were totally O.K. with—some fans just refused to relinquish their dedication to Bale's Laurie in exchange for Chalamet.

Bale's role in the 1994 Little Women movie fueled his career as a '90s heartthrob. Bale was just 20 years old when he played the role of the 17-year-old orphan who was head-over-heels for the eloquently brilliant and independent Jo, played by Winona Ryder.

Yes, T Chalamet as #Laurie looks good but my Laurie will always be the amazing #ChristianBale. Swoon. #LittleWomenMovie pic.twitter.com/slcakAN9RP

— Team Joe and Kamala (@elanasweaters) August 13, 2019

Despite the new changes, Gerwig was certain viewers would enjoy Chalamet and Ronan's pairing just as much as they loved watching Bale and Ryder in the 1994 movie. "There is some true pairing between them that feels like what's in the tradition of great cinematic pairings," the award-winning director said in an interview with People magazine and Entertainment Weekly, released Tuesday.

"They have an energy between them that is like they become a bonfire when they're together. They're both so alive and they're both so talented and so smart and so young. When you put them together it's like combustion," she said, noting their performance during one particularly emotional scene "breaks my heart, every time."

She added: "They are spectacular actors. I don't know how they do it, I mean it's magic. I direct them, but it's all there."

Little Women is slated to hit theaters on Christmas Day. See a few reactions to Chalamet's casting below.

I am not sure if I am on board with Timothée as Laurie but Meryl is the Aunt March I never knew I needed. Also, @AmandaMiserocch will be happy Claire Danes is not in this version lol. #LittleWomenMovie https://t.co/metcjkVymn

— Grace Miserocchi (@gracemiserocchi) August 13, 2019

First of all, LOVE these takes! Second, Timothee might be my favorite Laurie of all *because* I’m totally on Jo’s side in rejecting him. Like yeah, he’s just a boy - get yourself a real partner, Jo! pic.twitter.com/5QEGezheak

— Teresa Huang (@teresapalooza) August 13, 2019

The only Laurie I claim. #LittleWomen pic.twitter.com/uqSGJ6AWyJ

— Nikie Red (@TheNikieRed) August 13, 2019

Trailer for the new #LittleWomenMovie is here 😬 the 1994 version is dear to my heart as I loved Winona Ryder & Christian Bale as Jo and Laurie. But a new generation of girls & women deserve this story too. Afer some initial grumbling, I'm pleased it's being remade! #GretaGerwig https://t.co/0AmdEp2JhT

— Kat Coyle (@coyle_kat) August 13, 2019

the one and only laurie pic.twitter.com/vLkXYCRDub

— vanessa #FULLSUN (@SONEssa13) August 13, 2019

#LittleWomenMovie oh my gosh @RealChalamet playing Laurie is a dream come true!! pic.twitter.com/n0erhAJqLQ

— MilkyAngel34 (@Alexand34438266) August 13, 2019

timothée chalamet as laurie are you free on thursday night please respond if you are free on thursay. would you like to hang out with me on thursday if you're free please respond pic.twitter.com/Sejr5nNW2M

— Ù‹ (@dihcapriio) August 13, 2019

im not questioning Timothee Chalamet’s casting as Laurie but i am worried that his face cannot physically do this glow up pic.twitter.com/mybc5oYVNq

— Carrie Wittmer 👻 (@carriesnotscary) August 13, 2019

Not really feeling the trailer for the new Little Women. You can't replace Christian Bale as Laurie. pic.twitter.com/oonTy1aoDR

— Sarah (@SarahLCBSI) August 13, 2019

Little Women Trailer but it's only Timothée Chalamet as Laurie ❤
..#LittleWomenMovie pic.twitter.com/yJk8u5TAs4

— Adham (@ThisIsAdham) August 13, 2019