Fourteen year-old Irish Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty has been cast as one of literature’s greatest heroines, Anne Shirley, in the upcoming Netflix/CBC adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Amybeth beat more almost 1900 girls for the coveted role. Writer and show-runner Moira Walley-Beckett describes Amybeth as “ a wonderful and sensitive actress who embodies all of Anne’s qualities. She’s soulful and inquisitive, mercurial and passionate. Her ability to convey pain and joy is breathtaking. Amybeth is Anne for a new generation.”
Amybeth, a self-described bookworm, read the Anne of Green Gables series when she was nine. Amybeth says: “[Anne] has so much love for the world, which I think I share with her. And her curiosity about everything, how she can be so fierce and so bold but so gentle and so loving.”
The eight-episode series in production in Ontario, Canada after early filming in Prince Edward Island. Amybeth discussed filming on Prince Edward Island. “First of all, anywhere you turn is a postcard, instantly. It’s so gorgeous and the people are amazing, they’re so lovely and welcoming. It was so amazing to shoot there, to think that’s where Anne of Green Gables is, and is so loved.”
Moira Walley-Beckett describes the new adaptation as “a very grounded, real version of the story. Life in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s was a hard, gritty, scrappy life. It was messy, it was covered in red mud. The weather, the seasons, it’s all part of our story. It’s not doilies and teacups, it’s life.”
Anne is slated for a 2017 release. You can see more of Amybeth in the video below.