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Everything We Know About 'The Secret Garden' Remake

Everything We Know About 'The Secret Garden' Remake

After the first trailer for the highly-anticipated reboot landed in September, we at Tyla have been brimming with excitement.

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa McLoughlin

It was announced in January 2018 that film fans would be getting a revamped version of beloved children's flick The Secret Garden, based on the book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

After the first trailer for the highly-anticipated reboot landed in September, we at Tyla have been brimming with excitement.

Now with 2020 on the horizon, we've searched the internet high and low for everything we can find about the upcoming release - and here's what we've got so far:

When will The Secret Garden reboot be released?

British fans of the beloved children's story will get the chance to watch the story retold in cinemas from Friday 17th April 2020.

The film is directed by Marc Munden while the script for the remake has been written by Jack Thorne, the man behind critically acclaimed This Is England series as well as upcoming BBC drama His Dark Materials.

Filming for the upcoming movie began in April 2018, with the production at the time shooting in parts of Yorkshire and the National Trust site of Bodnant Gardens, near Conwy, North Wales.

The movie is currently in post-production, where they're no doubt adding the last magical touches to it.

The flick is set to hit cinemas from Friday, 17 April 2020. (
StudioCanal/Heyday Films)

What will The Secret Garden reboot be about?

The story has been adapted several times; it was first made first as a 1919 silent film, then followed by a 1949 drama and finally a 1993 full colour film.

Yet, the 2020 reboot will be again based on the classic children's novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett but is set to be given a magical twist too, if the trailer is anything to go by.

Whilst the 1993 adaptation was set in the Edwardian era, this time around it has been brought forwards to a new time period in 1947 England, on the eve of Partition with India and in the aftermath of WWII in Britain.

The film differs to the 1993 as it's now set in 1947. (
StudioCanal/Heyday Films)

The other major difference of course in the 2020 version is viewers will be able to appreciate sharp colourful graphics, no doubt heightening the beauty of the garden, given that technology has now moved on so far since the earlier versions of the film.

Marc Munden is the director of the remake and he said of the film: "This is a fantastical reimagining of The Secret Garden.

"It's an opportunity to immerse ourselves in an uncanny and wondrous world, which will play to the imaginations of adults and children alike."

Julie Walters will play stern Mrs Medlock. (

Who will star in The Secret Garden?

Revered British actress Julie Walters is set to take on Dame Maggie Smith's 1993 portrayal of stern Mrs Medlock, the head housekeeper at Misselthwaite Manor.

And Oscar-winner Colin Firth will take over from John Lynch to play Lord Archibald Craven, and we're sure he'll be fantastic.

Taking on the lead role of confused, sour and stubborn Mary Lennox will be Dixie Egerickx while Edan Hayhurst will play Mary's cousin, Colin Craven, in the new release.

Mary's best pal Dickon will be played by Amir Wilson in the remake and Isis Davis will star opposite Amir as his sister, Laura Crossley, a maid in Misselthwaite.

Oscar-winner Colin Firth will portray Lord Archibald Craven. (

The Secret Garden is set to hit UK cinemas on 17 April 2020.

Featured Image Credit: StudioCanal/Heyday

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