[I did look forward to this new drama by Kevin Sullivan but turned if off after watching it for 20 minutes. It just seems out of place for Sullivan to try to reinvent Lucy Maude Montgomery's books and tinker with the story that's so well known. I would heartily recommend Anne of Green Gables (1985) and the sequel of 1987 but I wouldn't recommend the third film The Continuing Story or this one. Just not worth it. If you're looking for quality drama, check out Sullivan's Road to Avonlea, also based on L.M. Montgomery's works.]
The perennially freckled and red-haired Anne Shirley will return to television in 2008, with a new three-hour movie set to debut on CTV.
The movie is a prequel to the "Anne of Green Gables" series, entitled "Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning."
Picked from over 1,000 hopefuls, Toronto native Hannah Endicott-Douglas will play the new Anne.
The search for the star included an open casting call on YouTube and a cross-Canada audition tour that lasted for three months. Sullivan, an award winning filmmaker, personally selected the winner.
Endicott-Douglas has also appeared in "The Good Witch" and "Samantha: An American Girl" as Bridget O'Malley.
Sullivan has written a completely new screenplay for the three hour movie, which follows Anne's life before arriving at Green Gables. Sullivan is also directing and executive producing the feature.
Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Anne Shirley
Barbara Hershey will also appear in the film
as Anne later in life, in her 50s.
You might want to read the new book
by award-winning author Budge Wilson
Before Green Gables
to the classic Anne of Green Gables was specially authorized by L.M. Montgomery's heirs
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original novel. "(Amazon)