Kate Winslet will star in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) for Fox 2000, reports Variety. Winslet previously played Ophelia in Branagh’s Hamlet in 1996.
Don Roos adapted the Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows book, which is officially described as follows:
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
Branagh previously described the movie as “a beautiful romance, very touching and uplifting.”
Paula Masur, Mitchell Kaplan and David Barron are producing the film, which starts shooting in March.