Need another feminist TV show to binge on? Then we have good news for you: Anne of Green Gables is heading to Netflix – and the trailer has just been released.
The classic coming-of-age story – based on the 1908 book by Lucy Maud Montgomery – is all about Anne Shirley, a brave outsider who, against all odds, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world.
Netflix’s official synopsis reads: “Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centres on Anne, a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an ageing sister and brother.
“Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R. H. Thompson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.
“Anne’s adventures will reflect timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice.
Watch the trailer for yourself below:
Netflix have chosen to make one teeny change to the original story: the title.
Instead of calling their show Anne of Green Gables, it will simply be known as Anne – which means that the young heroine’s identity is now all her own.
Anne will be brought to life by 14-year-old newcomer, Amybeth McNulty. And the young actor, who hails from Ireland, has admitted that the role of Anne Shirley is incredibly important to her; she’s a voracious bookworm and a huge fan of the original books.
“She has so much love for the world, which I think I share with her. And her curiosity about everything, how she can be so fierce and so bold but so gentle and so loving,” McNulty explained to CBC News.
“Amybeth is a wonderful and sensitive actress who embodies all of Anne’s qualities. She’s soulful and inquisitive, mercurial and passionate. Her ability to convey pain and joy is breathtaking,” executive producer/showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett said in a statement via Deadline.
“Amybeth is Anne for a new generation.”
The entire series of Anne will drop on Netflix on 12 May – which gives us all plenty of time to go away and re-read the book at least twice. Go forth and devour those dusty old tomes...