Rosamund Pike circling the lead role in Mike Newell’s Guernsey
According to Deadline, Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike may have found her next project with the adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-seller “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” titled Guernsey, which will be directed by British vet Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Kenneth Branagh was previously in line to direct, with actresses including Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson vying for the plum lead role of Juliet Ashton.
“‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ takes place on the island of Guernsey,” says co-author Annie Barrows on the book’s official site, “which is in the English channel, during the second World War when the island was occupied by the Germans. It’s about a group of eccentric locals and transplanted Londoners who come together at a particularly inauspicious moment to form a book club. It’s about the books that they read and how they grow to love one another and save one another during that time.”
Don Roos (Marley & Me) penned the screenplay adaptation for Guernsey, with Mitchell Kaplan and Paula Mazur producing through their Mazur/Kaplan Company banner.
Pike will next be seen opposite David Oyelowo in the historical romance A United Kingdom, and is currently filming the World War II assassination tale HHhH with Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska.
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