Netflix Acquires Lily James Drama 'Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'

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'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'

The Mike Newell-directed film, which also stars Michiel Huisman, will be streamed in North America and elsewhere worldwide.

Netflix has taken multiple territories for Mike Newell’s historical drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which stars Lily James and Game of Thrones' Michiel Huisman, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Netflix will stream Guernsey in North America, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Studiocanal, which financed the film, will release the film April 20 in the U.K., followed by Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany.

The pic is set in the aftermath of World War II and follows journalist Juliet Ashton (James), who decides to write about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed on Guernsey Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy during wartime. It begins when she receives a letter from a resident named Dawsey (Huisman), a farmer on the island. She starts writing letters to the book club, and eventually travels to the island to meet the members and pen a book about the group.

Directed by Newell from a script by Don Roos, Tom Bezucha and Kevin Hood, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. The 2008 novel was written as a series of letters and reached the No. 1 position on The New York Times' best-seller list for paperbacks.

Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan from The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin produced the film.