Lily James Lands Lead Role in Mike Newell’s “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society”


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Cinderella star is about to become a hard-hitting reporter in director Mike Newell’s adaptation of . The film is based on Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer’s book of the same name, with a script from Don Roos and Tom Bezucha.

Set in post-World War II on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, the story centers around journalist Juliet Ashton (James). In her time on the island, she forms a remarkable bond with the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and ends up about the book club they formed during the war. It’s precisely the charming, very British feature one can expect of Newell, the director behind films like Four Weddings and a Funeral and the 2012 adaptation of Great Expectations.

Paula Mazur, one of the on the film, describe it as “a project of tremendous passion for us, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to screen with filmmaker Mike Newell attached and James, our consummate ‘Juliet.'”

Mitchell Kaplan will be joining Mazur from The Mazur/Kaplan Company alongside Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin to produce.

Barrows and Shaffer’s original novel was published in 2008 by Random House and became a  Times Bestseller.

James got her start on the popular series Downton Abbey before landing her breakout role as the Disney princess Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 adaptation. She’ll next be seen in the Edgar Wright film Baby Driver and another WWII thriller, The Exception. She was also recently cast in Joe Wright’s next film, once more set around WWII, The Darkest Hour.

She is repped by Tavistock Wood in the U.K. and .


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This news was originally posted by Deadline.


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