Kate Winslet Reuniting with Kenneth Branagh for World War II Drama

January 13, 2012
Source: Variety

Kenneth Branagh and Kate Winslet

Over a decade ago, before director Kenneth Branagh took on the blockbuster comic book film Thor, he was at the helm of an adaptation of Hamlet in which he also played the titular Shakespearean character. Now the director will reunite with another star from the tragedy as Variety reports Kate Winslet has joined the adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a 2008 novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows which Branagh was attached to direct last August. It follows an author swarmed by letters from her once-German-occupied British island in the aftermath of World War II.

Winslet is playing a magazine columnist who enters into a correspondence with a man from Guernsey, and learns how the islanders used a book group during the war as cover to outwit their German occupiers. Captivated by their stories of the occupation, and how the books came to influence their lives, she decides to travel to Guernsey herself which has a profound affect on her life. It sounds a bit like Oscar bait, but I'm a sucker for anything Branagh takes on. The man is like a poet with his words and takes that skill to his work on drama. More casting is likely coming down the road so stay tuned.

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