Netflix Anne, EP Miranda de Pencier says, “Anne’s indomitable spirit”

Amybeth McNulty

Premiere of Anne, the story of Anne of Green Gables, on Friday May 12th, 2017, series binge

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/5/12 – “Moira Walley-Beckett has written eight riveting, funny, emotional, surprising, beautiful hours of television,” says Anne executive producer Miranda de Pencier. “With the extraordinary talent of Niki Caro at the helm, we can’t wait to deliver our show to Netflix, CBC and the world. Netflix as our global partner means Anne’s indomitable spirit can now enter homes and hearts all over the world.”

 

“Anne Shirley is one of Canada’s greatest gifts to the world, known and loved internationally,” says Netflix content VP Elizabeth Bradley. “So we’re thrilled to be working with the CBC and Northwood to bring this charismatic character to both new and old fans around the world.” Anne Shirley is, Anne of Green GablesAmybeth McNulty is Anne Shirley she was orphaned and in the orphanage when she get placed with a brother and sister by mistake. They wanted a boy to help with the farm. Instead they were brought a girl, Anne.

R.H. Thomson is Matthew Cuthbert. Geraldine James is Marilla Cuthbert. They reluctantly accept the orphaned girl into their home. Matthew is more sympathetic to Anne. They send Anne to school.

Dalila Bela is Diana Barry. She and Anne become friends. Lucas Jade Zumann is Gilbert Blythe, who teases Anne and is the bane of Anne’s life at school.

The series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne transforms their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her spirit, intellect and imagination.

Based on the book published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, this version is darker and shows more of Anne’s life before she came to live with Mathew and Marillia. Anne endures a lot growing up. The 1985 version with Megan Fellows is sweet and fairly upbeat. This  version shows what your imagination can help you accomplish.

First published in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been adapted multiple times for film and television. In addition to three movies, the most famous TV versions include a 1972 miniseries produced in Great Britain that spawned a sequel miniseries, as well as a 1985 miniseries also produced by CBC that spawned a sequel miniseries on the Disney Channel. An animated series aired on PBS in 2000, and the station also is set to air the Canadian TV movie L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables in November.

There are eight episodes in this version  co produced by Netflix and the CBC. Filmed on Prince Edward Island where the story is set. It hasn’t been announced if the rest of the books in the series will be produced.

Cast

  • Amybeth McNulty is Anne Shirley
  • Geraldine James is Marilla Cuthbert
  • R.H. Thomson is Matthew Cuthbert
  • Dalila Bela is Diana Barry
  • Lucas Jade Zumann is Gilbert Blythe
  • Corrine Koslo is Rachel Lynde
  • Helen Johns is Mrs. Eliza Barry

Showrunner Moira Walley Beckett also wrote the scripts. Miranda de Pencier of Northwood Entertainment is executive producer. Executive producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward. Produced by Susan Murdoch.

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