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Netflix is the place to be when it comes to original streaming series, and an upcoming original will give viewers a brand new take on a classic story. Anne will be a retelling of the Anne of Green Gables novel by L.M. Montgomery that followed young Anne Shirley as she came of age in a small town. Footage of Anne has finally hit the web, and we can already tell that young Amybeth McNulty will be fabulously spirited in the role. Take a look at her in the classic Anne Shirley pigtails:
Anne will be set in the late 19th century, which reflects the time period of the book series. Despite the setting, the show will touch on subject matter that has modern relevance. We can expect Anne Shirley to face sexism, prejudice, bullying, and abuse in the first season, all while dealing with her status as an orphan. The entire Anne of Green Gables saga started when the orphan Anne was accidentally sent to live with a spinster and her brother on Prince Edward Island, and Anne will evidently start on the same note.
This new incarnation of Anne Shirley will actually be older than her book counterpart when she comes to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Anne of the books was only 11 years old; Anne of the show will be 13. The trailer indicates that she'll be no less spunky on the small screen than she was in the novels. Take a look!
The trailer may not give us too much about what we should expect other than Anne's upbeat attitude, red hair, and pigtails, but it's a promising first look at the new version of the heroine, and she may have what it takes to stand out from the other Annes who came before. After all, Netflix's show will not be the first time time that L.M. Montgomery's Anne Shirley stories are adapted for television. No fewer than 18 shows and TV movies have been produced, although some were only very loosely based on the books. Anne may be the ideal balance of Montgomery's original plots and modern themes.
Anne will debut on Netflix on May 12, 2017, and it's slated to run for eight installments. The first season of the show has been co-produced by the Canadian network CBC. Given that the Anne of Green Gables novel series runs for eight books, we may get more seasons if the first is successful enough on the small screen. We'll have to wait and see. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and don't forget to check out our Netflix TV premiere schedule to see when other Netflix series will hit the web in the not-too-distant future.