Little is the kind of movie where you can see the trailer and easily imagine the pitch meeting that made it happen. “Remember Big? That was a huge hit. Well, this is just like that, but we reversed it and swapped both the genders and races of the cast. Oh, we also made the main character an awful person, but that’s so we can give her a redemption arc and give the film’s real hero the material she needs to make it funny!”
For me, the funniest thing about this trailer is that Justin Hartley has joined up in a role that seems more fitting of his character on This Is Us’ early career than it does for where the actor is in his career. That is saying something when his scene in the trailer is an underage child hitting on a teacher in a classroom.
If this movie wasn’t called Little, it probably wouldn’t be on my radar. It’s being put out there as some sort of spiritual follow-up to Tom Hanks’ Big. The big difference is that Big was a movie about an underdog who wished he was big so he could be someone. This is a movie about a monster being made little so she can be put in her place.
Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.
Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.
Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
Little is directed by Tina Gordon (writer, Drumline) with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on an idea by teen actress Martin. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, Black-ish), and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin and Josh Martin.