It's time to take a trip to Green Gables because today, Netflix released the trailer for "Anne," their remake of the classic story about a spirited redheaded orphan who goes to live on a Prince Edward Island farm.
The streaming service turned network, in partnership with Canada's CBC, set out to not just retell the beloved, century-old story from L.M. Montgomery, but give it a dose of realism.
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," Walley-Beckett says. "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 of Green Gables has had a revival as of late, with a PBS special with Martin Sheen starring as Matthew Cuthbert and Ella Ballentine playing the titular Anne Shirley that debuted on Thanksgiving last year. Canuck Rachel McAdams also narrated the novel for Audible in 2016. "I wanted to be Anne as a little girl," McAdams told Entertainment Tonight. "She's a really strong female character, but not in a typical way."
And while many, many of you feel like Megan Fellows, who played Anne in the 1985 miniseries is THE ONLY ANNE, the two minute trailer shows that 14-year-old Amybeth McNulty (who beat out 1,800 other girls) really has the acting chops:
So tell us, will you be tuning in to Netflix on May 12? Or will you just rewatch the 1985 version instead?