One of the world’s most beloved redheads is set to grace our screens again. But she’s not, um, a redhead.
In case you are from Mars, Anne of Green Gables tells the story of the precocious Anne Shirley. Anne is an 11-year-old orphan, who after living as a servant to the cruel Hammond Family in Nova Scotia, is adopted by the kind, elderly Matthew Cuthbert, and taken to live on Green Gables.
The story of Anne Shirley has taken many forms over the years, including the original novels, two television mini-series, and the 1985 film staring Megan Follows as the rambunctious redhead.
You can see CBC News’ full report below (Post continues after video):
MacDonald Butler, who played a part in script development, believes her grandmother would be proud of this new incarnation, telling CBC News, “From the inspired casting, the tender script and its eloquent adherence to the story of Anne Shirley, my family is so proud to be associated with bringing Breakthrough’s film adaptation to a new generation of viewers.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables references Before Green Gables, the prequel commissioned by Montgomery’s estate, which focuses on Anne’s life before the Gables.
Anne is set to be played by 13- year-old Ella Ballentine. Ballentine was cast after a cross-country search for the perfect young actress to bring the Canadian character to life.
So here’s what you’re waiting for. The new Anne.
Ballentine has previously starred in The Captive with Ryan Reynolds and The Calling with Susan Sarandon. She may need to run a red rinse through that gorgeous hair, but Ballentine has all the youth, innocence and humour we’d expect from Anne.
Production for the film is now underway in Ontario and Prince Edward’s Island, Canada.
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