Looks like Green Gables won’t ever be the same now that Netflix has finally found its Anne!
Netflix, Northwood Entertainment, and CBC announced Friday that Irish actress Amybeth McNulty has been cast as Anne Shirley, the title character of the forthcoming adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables. McNulty is one of 1,889 actresses who auditioned for the part.
“Amybeth is a wonderful and sensitive actress who embodies all of Anne’s qualities,” says showrunner and EP Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) of McNulty’s casting “Amybeth is Anne for a new generation.”
The series will follow a 13-year-old, orphaned Anne as she moves in with Marilla, an elderly spinster, and her aging brother Matthew (played by Tony and BAFTA nominee Geraldine James and veteran stage actor R. H. Thomas, respectively). Much like in the beloved book, the show’s eight one-hour episodes will focus on Anne’s time in Avonlea as she slowly gets to know (and win over) her new adoptive family and the small town where they reside.
But don’t expect the CBC co-production to thread the same ground as previous adaptations. The Netflix show aims to honor the original novel while also tackling new ground by having Anne and her friends deal with issues such as feminism, bullying, prejudice and identity.
Moira Walley-Beckett will be writing the entire first season, while Miranda de Pencier will serve as executive producer alongside her.
Anne will premiere in 2017.