The first trailer for the new adaptation of The Secret Garden movie is here and it looks magical! From the producers of Paddington and Harry Potter, comes a new take on the classic children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett with Colin Firth in a starring role.
Now, this isn’t the first time Colin Firth’s appeared in an adaptation of The Secret Garden. He first played an older version of Colin in a 1987 TV Movie. However, in this version, he’ll be playing the uncle, Archibald Craven; a man with many secrets. The gloomy character is perfect for an actor known for his intense, brooding stares.
Other actors in the cast include the always excellent Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx as Mary Lennox, Edan Hayhurst as Colin, and Amir Wilson as Dickon.
While there have been other memorable interpretations of this classic story before, most notably the enchanted 1993 adaptation, I think it’s time for a new generation to have their own version of the story.
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS OF THE SECRET GARDEN (2020):
THE SECRET GARDEN tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx, Genius, The Little Stranger and A Royal Winter), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents. When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Academy Award® and BAFTA-winner Colin Firth – A Single Man, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Bridget Jones’s Baby) on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors.
There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after meeting her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst – Genius, There She Goes), who has been shut away in a wing of the house. Together, these two damaged, slightly misfit children heal each other through their discovery of a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. A magical place of adventure that will change their lives forever.
THOUGHTS AND TRAILER REACTION:
Based on the trailer, the cast, the obvious high production quality, not to mention Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) writing the script, this is sure to be fabulous. I love the charming storytelling angle and the beautiful gardens. While past versions have had a standard gothic feel, this one looks to have a gothic fantasy style instead. It will be interesting to see how this adaptation turns out, and I can’t wait to watch it with my nieces.
As of now, the film is set to premiere in the U.K. on April 17, 2020. I imagine the U.S. premiere will follow soon after.
What do you think of the new Secret Garden trailer? Are you open to a new adaptation? Or do you feel this story’s been done too many times? Let me know in the comments.
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