Filming to Start on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Movie

By February 14, 2017News

It’s been confirmed that filming for the adaptation of the best selling book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is to start in the spring! Also announced is the lead role, free-spirited journalist Juliey Ashton, who will be played by in-demand British actress Lily James.

Originally Kate Winslet was touted for the role so the announcement has come as a bit of a shock to fans of the actress who has made no statement as to why she won’t now appear in the project. When Winslet’s name was touted it was also announced that Kenneth Branagh would also star in the adaptation but we’ve heard no further news on that front either.

The story is set on the island of Guernsey in the aftermath of World War II, and is an epistolary novel, in that it’s written as a series of letters and documents. How exactly this will be portrayed in the movie is as yet unknown, but we do know that the scriptwriters are Don Roos and Tom Bezucha and that filming will take place at Studiocanal who are financing the project.

The story centres around a book club, and this makes the book a big hit with bibliophiles who have praised the unique prose, the touching subject matter and the themes of friendship, loyalty and courage.

Epistolary novels can be notoriously difficult to adapt and readers will be anxious to see their favourite novel done justice on the silver screen.

We don’t yet have news of who will play the other notable roles such as Juliet’s close friend Dawsey Adams, Juliet’s publisher, Sidney Stark, or Sophie Strachan, Juliet’s best friend. With filming set to start in the spring, the news is likely to roll out in the next few weeks and hopefully it won’t be too long before we have a first teaser trailer.

With filming this year, it’s unlikely that we’re going to get to see the movie before 2018, so if you haven’t yet read the book, you have plenty of time to do so.

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