From a media release:
YTVÂ presents the world premiere ofÂ Canada’sÂ most beloved red-head inÂ Lucy Maud Montgomery’sÂ Anne of Green GablesÂ onÂ Monday,Â February 15Â atÂ 6 p.m. ET/PTÂ inÂ a two-hour special, television event. The much anticipated original movie was filmed inÂ CanadaÂ and stars acclaimed actorÂ Martin SheenÂ asÂ Matthew Cuthbert, 13-year old newcomerÂ Ella BallentineÂ asÂ Anne ShirleyÂ and Canadian actressÂ Sara BotsfordÂ asÂ Marilla Cuthbert.
True to the beloved tale that has enchanted fans for over a century,Â Lucy Maud Montgomery’sÂ Anne of Green GablesÂ is the story ofÂ Anne Shirley, a fiercely imaginative little girl who touches the lives of everyone she meets. Taken from an orphanage to help with the household of an older couple, Anne becomes the charge of strait-lacedÂ Marilla CuthbertÂ and her shy brotherÂ Matthew Cuthbert. Though Marilla is determined to bring discipline to the irrepressible Anne, neither has any idea as to the profound impact they will soon have on each other’s lives.
YTV welcomes Tourism PrinceÂ Edward IslandÂ as the presenting sponsor of this world television premiere with sponsor billboards, custom travel vignettes and a contest created in partnership with Corus. TourismÂ Prince Edward IslandÂ will also be featuredÂ inÂ YTV’s Big Fun MoviesÂ leading up to the broadcast premiere. The integration will feature Canadian families talking about the fun, adventure and kindred spirits that await them onÂ Prince Edward Island.
Lucy Maud Montgomery’sÂ Anne of Green GablesÂ is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with the author’s granddaughter,Â Kate Macdonald ButlerÂ who served as Executive Producer. The film was directed byÂ John Kent HarrisonÂ (The Courageous Heart ofÂ Irena Sendler) and was based on the original script byÂ Susan CoyneÂ (Slings and Arrows, Best Laid Plans). Additional cast includesÂ Julia Lalonde,Â Kate Honig,Â Stefani Kimber,Â Drew Haytaoglu,Â Kyle GatehouseÂ andÂ Linda Kash.
First published in 1908,Â Anne of Green GablesÂ remains an iconic work of Canadian literature, which has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The eight classicÂ Anne of Green GablesÂ novels set in P.E.I. have attracted generations of readers inspired by the adventures of the spirited redheadÂ Anne Shirley, who comes to stay at Green Gables and wins the hearts of everyone she meets.