Production is now underway on Season 3 of CBC and Netflix’s Anne with an E which will consist of 10-60 minute episodes and air in 2019. Season 3 continues the coming-of-age story of Anne Shirley-Cuthbert (Amybeth McNulty), an outsider who against all odds, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world, and for love. Showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett returns and led an extensive cross-Canada search with executive producer Miranda de Pencier to cast 12-year-old Kiawenti:io Tarbell, a Mohawk from Akwesasne. Tarbell will portray Ka’kwet, an independent, resilient Mi’kmaq girl who befriends Anne.
Along with McNulty, the returning cast includes Geraldine James, R. H. Thomson, Dalila Bela, Corrine Koslo, Lucas Jade Zumann, Aymeric Jett Montaz, Dalmar Abuzeid, Cara Ricketts, Joanna Douglas, Kyla Matthews, Cory Grüter-Andrew, and Miranda McKeon. Directors returning for Season 3 include Norma Bailey, Paul Fox, Amanda Tapping, and Anne Wheeler, along with the entire all-female writing team led by Walley-Beckett, Kathryn Borel, Jr., Shernold Edwards, Amanda Fahey, Naledi Jackson, and Jane Maggs, with the addition of Tracey Deer. New directors this season include Kim Nguyen and Michelle Latimer.
In addition to Kiawenti:io Tarbell and Brandon Oakes (Through Black Spruce, Arctic Air, Saving Hope) new Indigenous cast members include Dana Jeffrey (Heartland,Teenagers). To find the perfect ‘Ka’kwet’, 230 candidates auditioned in person or via tape, from coast to coast. Shortlisted actors were invited to take part in an acting workshop in Toronto, where the producers and casting team landed on Kiawenti:io Tarbell.
“I have always felt compelled to stretch the scope of the original book,” says series creator Walley-Beckett. “Season 3 promises to be our most intense yet, with storylines about inclusion, romance, pathos, and growing pains for all our characters. It’s a big, bold season!”
“There is an energetic charisma and undeniable intelligence to Kiawenti:io that aligns so perfectly with the character of Ka’kwet,” says de Pencier. “Moira and I can’t wait for Anne with an E fans to meet her.”
As the world of Avonlea continues to expand, Anne turns 16 – a momentous occasion which cements her desire to discover more about her birth parents and family history. But this new quest isn’t comfortable for everyone, as Matthew and Marilla grapple with the fact that Anne may have a life outside of Green Gables. Meanwhile, the residents of Avonlea interact with a camp of members of the Mi’kmaq nation, causing tensions to rise – and deep bonds to be forged. The future looms large as the kids enter their senior year of school – some prepare for their college entrance exams, while others set their sights on more exotic shores. But first, everyone must survive the perils of romance, friendship, first love, first kisses, and much more.
Sebastian and Mary settle into domestic life, while Gilbert dreams big about his future as a doctor. As Anne matures, she’s increasingly forced to grapple with difficult topics — from gender equality to Indigenous rights — and learns that the fight to make the world a better place never ends. As the characters prepare to enter the twentieth century, some continue to look forward while others cling to more traditional ways, but one thing is clear – nothing will ever be the same again.
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Anne with an E Season 3 will air on CBC and Netflix in 2019.
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