Dalmar Abuzeid Becomes First Black Character in ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Reboot

Anne With an E creator and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett said she deliberately made her dark Anne of Green Gables reboot more multicultural for its second season.‘DeGrassi’ alum, Dalmar Abuzeid becomes first black character in ‘Anne of Green Gables’ reboot, ‘Anne With an E’.

Abuzeid will play Sebastian Lacroix, an Afro-Caribbean steamship worker. Lacroix is introduced as Gilbert Blythe’s friend. Originally from Trinidad, Lacroix arrives in fictional Avonlea as a manual laborer. He stokes coal in the engine room of a steamship.

The addition of an Afro-Caribbean character is monumental as this is the first time the series added a black character. The rebooted Anne With an E is based on the 1908 novel series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It is one of 13 adaptations, including movies, TV shows, stage plays and theme parks.

Abuzeid is best-known for playing Danny Van Zandt for six seasons on Degrassi: The Next Generation. This is the second season of the series and the second season will premiere Friday.

 

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