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The Secret Garden Remake Starring Colin Firth And Julie Walters Lands Next Week

The Secret Garden Remake Starring Colin Firth And Julie Walters Lands Next Week
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The 2020 reboot of The Secret Garden is hitting UK cinemas on October 23rd, and it looks like it's going to be absolutely magical.

If you're still a bit unsure of heading to the flicks, the film will land on Sky Cinema on the same day too, so not to worry.

A modern adaption of the much-loved 1993 film, the remake follows the story of France Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, which was first published in 1911.

Colin Firth will play Archibald Craven, the master of Misselthwaithe Manor and Mary's uncle who looks after her when her parents die.

Despite Colin usually playing easy-going roles in the likes of Bridget Jones' Diary, we have seen him play a more stern character before in The King's Speech, so we know he's got the cross side in him that is needed in this role.

Billy Elliot's Julie Walters will take on the role of the stern Mrs Medlock, the manor's head housekeeper, and has some big boots to fill seeing as the last Mrs Medlock was none other than Dame Maggie Smith.

Dixie Egerickx plays Mary Lennox (Credit: Studio Canal Heyday Films)
Dixie Egerickx plays Mary Lennox (Credit: Studio Canal Heyday Films)

The lead character of course is confused, sour and stubborn little Mary Lennox, who in the 1993 film was played by Kate Maberly, who will be replaced by Dixie Egerickx.

While the 1993 adaptation stayed true to the novel, with Mary finding solace and friendship within a secret garden on the grounds, this new adaptation promises to be a fresh take on the story.

Produced by Heyday Films and Studiocanal - the team who brought us Paddington and Paddington 2 - 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 Secret Garden will hit screens on October 23rd (Credit: Studio Canal Heyday Films)
The Secret Garden will hit screens on October 23rd (Credit: Studio Canal Heyday Films)

Producer Rosie Alison told Yahoo Movies UK that, along with moving the story from the Edwardian period into a post-war setting, the new adaptation draws heavily on Burnett's own memoirs to offer a new perspective on the tale.

They've "done more to emphasise the power of imagination which underpins the story," Alison explains. "This is particularly true of our version of the garden," which appears more fantastical than previous adaptations.

The remake follows the story of France Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden (Credit: Studio Canal Heyday Films)
The remake follows the story of France Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden (Credit: Studio Canal 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.

Roll on October 23rd!

Featured Image Credit: Studio Canal Heyday Films

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