If you’re an “Anne of Green Gables” fan, we have some good news for you. Originally a novel published in 1908, the story of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan taken in by a pair of siblings, has been adapted into feature-length films, made-for-TV movies as well as animated and live-action television series.
Most recently, “Anne of Green Gables” was brought back as a movie on PBS last year followed by a mini-series on Netflix. People apparently can’t get enough of the beloved character, because now PBS is will air a sequel to last year’s movie on Thanksgiving evening.
“Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars” will catch up with 13-year-old Anne, played by Ella Ballentine, as she navigates life as a teenager and faces challenges with friends and family.
Check out the trailer for the sequel below:
“The Good Stars” is the second installment in a trilogy, and will be followed by “Fire & Dew,” reports ScreenDaily. PBS also released an inside look into the making of the sequel, featuring interviews with Ballentine, as well as with Martin Sheen, who plays Matthew Cuthbert, one half of the brother-sister duo caring for Anne.
Check out the clip below:
“I love the story of Anne and Gilbert, because I’m a hopeless romantic,” Ballentine said of her character’s love interest, Gilbert Blythe, portrayed by Drew Haytaoglu.
Sheen agreed, noting that the story line exploring young love “reminds us all of when we were 13 and 14, falling in love and just walking on clouds.”
Regarding “Anne of Green Gables'” enduring popularity and the challenge to bring something new to their characters after they have been portrayed by so many before, both actors agreed that it’s an intimidating yet rewarding experience. Sheen likened the movie to “putting on a performance of ‘Hamlet’—same text, everybody’s gonna say the same words, and yet every production is going to be different. That’s how great literature lives.”
“Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars” premieres Nov. 23. 2017, at 8/7 Central on PBS.
[H/t Good Housekeeping]