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MacLaine joins ‘Green Gables’ cast
Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast of Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, CTV announced yesterday.
MacLaine, 73, will play matriarch Amelia Thomas, alongside Rachel Blanchard (as Louisa Thomas), Barbara Hershey (as the grown-up Anne Shirley) and Hannah Endicott-Douglas (as the young Anne Shirley).
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning is a made-for-TV movie that will air sometime in 2008.
“Shirley MacLaine is a screen legend,” executive producer/director/writer Kevin Sullivan said in a statement. “To be able to cast her unique personality in the role of Amelia Thomas promises to bring both humour and pathos to this production, in a grand style that only a movie star of her stature can elicit.”