Fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book, The Secret Garden, and those obsessed with actor Colin Firth can rejoice. The first trailer for the latest version of the movie The Secret Garden has dropped, and it looks as lush and amazing as you’d imagine.
Town & Country shared the latest trailer for the movie which will be released next year by Studio Canal UK. In this version of The Secret Garden, which looks to have a more mystical quality than the 1993 incarnation, stars Firth as Lord Archibald Craven and Julie Walters as the rigid Mrs. Medlock.
If you are not familiar with the novel, it’s a story which will appeal to audiences of all ages, and almost follows the cycle of a long-abandoned garden which slowly wakes up, lightening the mood and narrative.
While there is not an exact release date for The Secret Garden, the best guess is spring 2020 — this could make sense, given the link between gardens and springtime.
The Mirror shared that this version of Burnett’s story will take place later than the original. The new film is set in 1947, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of World War II in Britain. It is still the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a 10-year-old girl born in India to wealthy British parents, whose care was largely left to servants and “ayas,” as they are called.
From the producers of Harry Potter and Paddington, get ready to unlock your imagination. The Secret Garden is in cinemas Spring 2020. pic.twitter.com/oXGqYybZ1p— STUDIOCANALUK (@StudiocanalUK) September 17, 2019
In the film, Mary’s parents die suddenly — it’s unclear how this happens in the new version, but in the novel, it’s an earthquake during a party with lavish décor and elephants. She is sent to England to live with her morose uncle, Archibald Craven, in Misselthwaite Manor, his estate located deep in the Yorkshire moors.
The estate is dark and dank and filled with family secrets, including Mary’s bedridden cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), who is shut away, as he is a reminder of his mother who seems to have died in childbirth. Amir Wilson plays Dickon, Mary’s first friend, and Isis Davis is to play his sister, Martha.
The film is directed by Michael Munden, from a screenplay by multiple award-winning writer Jack Thorne, who wrote the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Filming seems to be in the phase for the costume drama and reincarnation of the classic tale, which is much like Downton Abbey and The Crown, explained The Inquisitr in an earlier story.
Filmed in the United Kingdom, all three productions rely heavily on a combination of fiction and history, with lavish scenery and costumes that celebrate the classics of Anglophilia.