A teaser trailer has arrived for the 2020 movie adaptation of The Secret Garden. The latest in a long line of retellings of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel, The Secret Garden is actually the first to hit the big screen since 1993. Dixie Egerickx (The Little Stranger) stars in this particular rendition as Mary Lennox, a 10-year old British girl born in India who goes to live with her reclusive uncle in England, following her parents' death. Colin Firth steps into the role of Mary's uncle, Archibald Craven, having previously portrayed Mary's cousin, Colin, as an adult in a 1987 TV movie adaptation of the story.
Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Marc Munden (who previously worked with Thorne on National Treasure - no, not the Disney one), The Secret Garden cast also includes Julie Walters as Mrs. Medlock and Edan Hayhurst (Genius) as a young Colin. The film was acquired for a U.S. release by STXfilms in March, and isn't slated to arrive overseas until April 2020. All the same, its marketing is ramping up this week with the release of its first theatrical preview.
StudiocanalUK (which co-produced the film and is handling its UK rollout) has now released The Secret Garden teaser trailer online. Take a look, below.
The teaser plays up the fantasy element of the film, suggesting that the eponymous garden (which Mary finds hidden on the grounds of her new home, Misselthwaite Manor) is a genuinely magical realm that brings Jumanji to mind, between its colorful foliage and sentient tree limbs. Munden's The Secret Garden is described as being a fantasy drama, so it's possible the enchanted aspects aren't simply an extension of Mary's imagination, either. If so, it won't be the only change this movie makes to Burnett's source material. The Secret Garden also updates the setting of the story from the turn of the 20th century to 1947, on the eve of the Partition in India and the wake of WWII in Europe. It sounds like a smart way of addressing the problematic colonialist elements that've always been inherent to Burnett's novel.
Between its welcome tweaks to the narrative and the talent on both sides of the camera, The Secret Garden has the potential to be a pretty memorable adaptation of Burnett's classic book overall. Assuming that's the case, it will be the latest popular family literary adaptation-turned hit for its co-producer David Heyman, whose previous credits include the Harry Potter film series and the Paddington movies. The Secret Garden has yet to secure a domestic release date, but that ought to change in the foreseeable future, now that its marketing is underway.