The First Trailer for Netflix's 'Anne of Green Gables' Will Give You Nostalgia Pangs

Meet Anne Shirley!

"Anne is timely and topical," writer and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett said of why she wanted to make Netflix's upcoming adaption of Anne of Green Gables. "There is a lot of conversation in the world right now about feminism, gender parity, equality, bullying, intolerance and prejudice against those who 'come from away.' These are all themes inherent in the book and it feels important to bring them to the forefront and be part of the current conversation."

The series, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved story, will focus on Anne Shirley's early years, starting as an 11-year-old sent to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert―a pair of older siblings who thought they were adopting a boy―at Green Gables and following her as she grows up on Prince Edward Island. "I'm focusing only on the first book and slowing the story down quite a bit because I'm exploring Anne's teenage years in depth," Walley-Beckett says. "Interestingly, I consider this a coming-of-age story for the characters of Anne, Matthew, and Marilla."

Here, take a look at the first trailer (hi Gilbert!) and feel all the nostalgia feels:

The series hits Netflix May 12.

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