In the movie Source Code is a guy who's got control over another man's body and gets to talk to a woman who's traveling with; she becomes unconvinced about the man's behavior which is not qutie the same as she's known and says:

Who are you and what did you do to Sean Fentress?

To which the man murmurs to himself:

It's the new me.

Why did he say the new me instead of a new me?

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    Because there's only one of him. If he was speculating about some change in his future self he might use "a new me" to refer to it.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 2, 2016 at 12:58

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The word "a" is indefinite, used for non-specific things. Like "I want a carrot." That means that I don't care which carrot I get, as long as I get a carrot. meanwhile "I want the carrot" means I want a specific carrot and I won't be happy until I get the right carrot.

So "It's a new me" doesn't make sense unless you only know you want change, not what change you want. if you are a new person in specific ways, say

It's the new me.

If you want to be new, but don't know how yet, say

It's/It'll be a new me.

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