added: Tue, Apr 4th '17
Judging by this trailer, Netflix's new coming-of-age series, "Anne," appears to be a welcome throwback to those classic family television dramas of the late 1970s and early '80s, much in the vein of "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Waltons."
Adapted from Canadian writer L.M. Montgomery's classic 1908 novel "Anne of Green Gables," this eight-part Netflix series tells the story of a rambunctious and precocious 13-year-old orphaned girl, named Anne (played by newcomer Amybeth McNulty), who is sent to the small town of Green Gables to live with her much older siblings, Marilla (Geraldine James; from the "Sherlock Holmes" films) and Matthew Cuthbert (Canadian actor R.H. Thomson). The problem is, Marilla and Matthew were expecting a boy to help them manage the family farm. It seems Anne is already facing an uphill battle to win the respect of not only her elders but also pretty much everyone in Green Gables.
Written and executive produced by Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad" writer/producer Moira Walley-Beckett, the series is starting off with an episode directed by acclaimed New Zealand director Niki Caro, of "Whale Rider" fame, who also just helmed "The Zookeeper's Wife" with Jessica Chastain and is currently attached to direct the live-action version of Disney's "Mulan."
"Anne" will start streaming on Friday, May 12th.
Anne is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) 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.
directed by Niki Caro (pilot)
starring Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson
release date May 12, 2017 (on Netflix)