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Kate Winslet joins Kenneth Branagh's 'potato' film

Kate Winslet in Little Children

Story by Jack Foley

KATE Winslet has joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s latest film, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

According to Variety, the film will be set after World War II and follows the story of magazine columnist, Juliet Ashton, who learns how Guernsey islanders created a book group during the war to outwit their German occupiers.

After exchanging letters with a pig farmer who uncovers evidence of the book club in the modern day, Ashton travels to Guernsey to delve deeper into the lives of the islanders and experiences things that change her life forever.

The film is based on the best-selling 2008 novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and her neice Annie Barrows, who helped her finish the book after she became terminally ill.

It marks the first time since Winslet has worked with Branagh since they made Hamlet in 1996, which was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Branagh, who will also direct, described the project as “a beautiful romance, very touching and uplifting.”

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