The first trailer has landed for the latest adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. The new film comes from the producer of Paddington and the Harry Potter series, and adds a touch of magic to the childhood classic.
The 1911 novel follows 10-year-old Mary Lennox who loses her parents in an earthquake. The girl is forced to abandon her home in India and move into her uncle’s mansion in Yorkshire. There, she discovers a mysterious neglected garden in the grounds surrounding the house and decides to revive it.
One night, Mary encounters her sickly cousin Colin, who has been separated from the rest of the world for years. According to the film’s synopsis, “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”.
The Secret Garden has already been adapted for the big screen three times. The most popular version helmed by Agnieszka Holland came out in 1993 and featured Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith and John Lynch.
The upcoming reboot is directed by Marc Munden (National Treasure) and stars Julie Walters as the severe housekeeper Mrs Medlock and Colin Firth as Mary’s uncle Lord Archibald Craven. The film is set to hit the cinemas in Spring next year.
Watch the trailer for The Secret Garden here: