It’s a good time to be an Anne of Green Gables fan! PBS has announced that it will air an Anne of Green Gables sequel on Thanksgiving this year. Titled The Good Stars, the new made-for-TV film is a follow-up to the network’s 2016 film, and will follow Anne as she turns 13 and navigates life as a teenager. Check out the official trailer below:
Like last year’s Anne of Green Gables, The Good Stars features Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert, and Canadian actress Ella Ballentine in the title role of Anne. Although Anne has settled into her life on Prince Edward Island, the trailer for the sequel shows Anne grappling with new problems now that she’s turned 13. For instance, she must deal with her first crush, as well as her budding friendship with everyone’s favorite boy-next-door, Gilbert Blythe (played by Drew Haytaoglu).
“I don’t care to be 13,” our adorable Anne tells Matthew. “It’s much more complicated than even I imagined.”
What’s uncomplicated, though, is fans’ appetite for all things Anne. L. M. Montgomery’s childhood classic has seen a resurgence in the past few years, thanks to a slew of adaptations that don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Along with PBS’s adaptation last fall, viewers were also treated to Netflix’s series Anne with an “E,” which featured a darker, grittier portrayal of Anne, played by Irish-born actress Amybeth McNulty. Anne with an “E” was renewed by Netflix for a second season and will hit the small screen in 2018.
The Good Stars first aired on Canadian television network YTV in February, and the network has a third installment based on Montgomery’s series in the works. Called Fire & Dew, that film is expected to air in 2018.
The Good Stars premieres November 23 at 8pm EST on PBS.
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