The red-haired orphan that a lot of people grew up loving is returning to the small screen just in time for Family Day. Yes, Anne of green gables, Anne Shirley of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic story, is back in a TV movie of the exact same name.
Megan Follows (the first Anne Shirley) is nowhere to be located. Instead, 14-year old Ella Ballentine is trying her hand in the world-renowned character. Joining her is experienced Canadian performer Sara Botsford as the curmudgeonlyyet lovable Marilla Cuthbert, and actor Martin Sheen (dad to Charlie) as the doting Matthew.
Kate MacDonald Butler, Montgomery’s own granddaughter, has given her approval to the remake, and functions as an executive producer on the job. But to be clear, that is not the 1980s variation of Anne of green gables simply redone; it’s a more modern take on the narrative, with darker, more edgy moments that take it out of the past and to the present.
Global News and Botsford and Ballentine talked about taking on these iconic characters, our perspectives on redheaded individuals have transformed over time and why this narrative resonates with Canadians. (They actually have.)
Did you two feel any pressure taking on such extremely popular Canadian characters? Ella Ballentine:Undoubtedly, there is pressure to it, since I am taking on this massively iconic character, Anne Shirley. But it was kind of like a huge venture and more interesting up ahead. John [Kent Harrison, the director]and I were talking about Anne, the course I had been thinking more in regards to the storyline, and she is likely to follow and the way to impersonate it for peoplenow. I needed to be a realistic Anne.