Thursday, June 28, 2007

Casting Call: "Anne of Green Gables" Prequel

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original novel, Toronto film-maker Kevin Sullivan has written a screenplay prequel to "Anne of Green Gables".

Titled "A New Beginning", Sullivan is also looking for a new actress to play the lead of 'Anne Shirley'.

"The only starting point that I could find in interpreting Anne’s character was to figure out where she came from before she was at Green Gables," Sullivan said. "In the book, she just shows up at the train station. But I needed to who she was before she was brought to Prince Edward Island. I could only imagine that a child who had that kind of flamboyant imagination had to have already created her own world out of a need to escape an unusual past."

Sullivan is now conducting an extensive casting call on YouTube as well as performing a cross-Canada talent search in seven cities, looking for young actresses between the ages of ten and twelve who are ready to capture the essence of Anne’s life prior to her arrival at Green Gables.
Candidates are asked to submit their auditions, no more than two minutes in length via the following group -
or by mailing their DVD/ VHS submission to:
Sullivan Entertainment,
Attention: The Next Anne Shirley,
110 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 3R3.
Relying on passages from the book, "Anne of Green Gables" candidates must portray their best interpretation of Anne Shirley.

The name of the actor in the audition must be included on tape or online as well as full contact information. Submissions, due no later than July 20, 2007 are the property of Sullivan Entertainment and will not be returned. Furthermore, only candidates selected will be contacted for a live audition.