The beloved character will be played by an upcoming 14 year-old, Irish Canadian actor.

By Liz Steelman
Updated October 24, 2016

After auditioning 1,889 girls from all over the world, we finally have our new Anne Shirley. Amybeth McNulty, a 14 year-old Irish Canadian actor, will be playing the titular lead in the 2017 Netflix miniseries ANNE. McNulty has previously been featured in the horror film Morgan and the television series Agatha Raisin. This will be her first starring role.

“Amybeth is 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,” Moira Walley-Beckett, showrunner and executive producer, said in a statement. “Amybeth is Anne for a new generation.”

Also cast are Geraldine James (Sherlock Holmes, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and R.H. Thomson (The Englishman’s Boy, Road to Avonlea), who will play sister and brother Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, the adoptive family of the beloved orphan. Though the show will respect the core of Lucy Maud Montgomery's story, expect this reboot to cater to the lessons and issues of a new generation. The series will tackle issues like identity, feminism, bullying, and prejudice. This adaptation might be a little grittier than the previous ones, too. Walley-Beckett is known for her work producing and writing Breaking Bad.

As previously reported, the eight-episode series will simultaneously air in 2017 on the Canadian network CBC and be available for streaming worldwide on Netflix. The show filmed on Prince Edward Island in Canada, where the original book series is set, and is heading into post-production. Along with the casting announcement, an official Twitter page @AnneTheSeries has been set up to share news and photos with fans.