While Netflix may boast the global representation of “Anne,” Canadians are already enjoying the series week-by-week on CBC. Then again, our friends up north treasure the character created by Lucy Maud Montgomery, with the 1985 miniseries starring Megan Follows deemed a Canadian classic. But these are modern times, and thus, a new take is required — from showrunners Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad,” “Flesh and Bone’) and Miranda de Pencier (“Thanks For Sharing,” “Beginners”), no less. So here comes “Anne.”
Amybeth McNulty takes the title role in the 1800’s set drama about a young orphan who is sent to live in a small town, and changes the lives of those around her with her fiery spirit. Here’s the official synopsis:
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 1890’s, 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.
“Anne” hits Netflix on May 12th.