Canadian actors Dalila Bela (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Once Upon a Time), Corinne Koslo (Sweeney Todd, Best in Show) and Aymeric Jett Montaz (Bellevue, Just for Laughs Gags!), have joined the cast of Netflix and CBC’s Anne of Green Gables adaptation, which now has an official title, Anne.
The eight-episode drama series is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in the late 1890s who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, mistakenly is sent to live with an aging sister and brother, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.
Bela’s Diana Barry is Anne’s loyal friend and kindred spirit. Koslo’s Rachel Lynde is Avonlea’s resident gossip. Montaz will play Jerry Baynard, a hired farmhand mentioned in passing in the novel who now features prominently in the new series. They join previously announced Amybeth McNulty, who stars as as Anne Shirley, Geraldine James OBE and R.H. Thomson as Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, and Lucas Jade Zumann as Gilbert Blythe.
Anne is executive produced by Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier under her Northwood Entertainment banner. Walley-Beckett is penning the first season and serves as showrunner. The show is slated to premiere in 2017 on CBC in Canada and globally, outside of Canada, on Netflix.