The beloved children’s series Anne of Green Gables is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canada’s CBC, and today we’re learning who’s been cast as Anne Shirley, Marilla Cuthbert, and Matthew Cuthbert.
Irish Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty, who is 14 years old, has been cast as lead character Anne Shirley. In a statement, showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett says, “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. Amybeth is Anne for a new generation.”
Anne is 11 years old at the beginning of the book series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
A total of 1,889 girls were seen for the role of Anne, which speaks to the serious search producers took to find just the right girl for the role.
Also cast were R.H. Thomson, who’ll play Anne’s guardian Matthew, and Geraldine James, who’ll play his sister Marilla.
Writes Netflix via Deadline: “Anne is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in the late 1890s who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother, Marilla and Matthew Cuthber, played by Jamels and Thomson.
“Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.”
Netflix and Canada’s CBC have the TV series booked for eight episodes, which are expected to air in 2017.
Originally published in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been a legendary and inspiring book series for women around the world. With Netflix behind a new adaptation, we’re sure the new series is bound to be a hit.