Canada's favorite spirited ginger is getting the Netflix treatment. The streaming service-cum-network is partnering with CBC for a new miniseries called "Anne," and they just debuted a short teaser trailer and announced a release date.
L.M. Montgomery's century-old tale of an orphan sent to live on an elderly family's farm has been the reboot du jour; Last year, PBS took us back to Green Gables with Martin Sheen starring as Matthew Cuthbert and Ella Ballentine playing the titular Anne Shirley (though you'll notice in the comments that quite a few of you feel that the 1985 Emmy-award winning miniseries cannot be improved upon, thankyouverymuch). One of Canada's own, Rachel McAdams, narrated the novel for Audible, also in 2016.
The Netflix & CBC miniseries isn't just a retelling of the story we all know and love; showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett (who won an Emmy for writing Breaking Bad's Ozymandias episode) promises a grittier take on the source material. "This is a very grounded, real version of the story. Life in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s was a hard, gritty, scrappy life. It was messy, it was covered in red mud," she told the CBC. "It's not doilies and teacups, it's life."
"I feel that this Anne is entirely different," says Walley-Beckett. "We're off-book. We're the essence of the book, we have the heart and soul of the book, we have our iconic moments that everyone can't wait for, and we're telling a new story."
"Anne" stars R.H. Thomson (The Englishman's Boy, Road to Avonlea) and Geraldine James (Sherlock Holmes, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) as Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, and 14-year-old Amybeth McNulty beat out 1,800 other girls to play Anne Shirley.
"She has so much love for the world, which I think I share with her," McNulty says about the titular character. "And her curiosity about everything, how she can be so fierce and so bold but so gentle and so loving."
The eight-episode series debuts on May 12 on CBC in Canada and on Netflix elsewhere.