Actress Kate Winslet has joined the cast of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for Fox 2000 and director Kenneth Branagh.

The project is based on the novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer, which centers on a group of London residents who are displaced to the island town of Guernsey after World War II. Kate Winslet will portray a magazine columnist who begins corresponding with a man from Guernsey, and learns how they used the book club to outsmart the Germans occupying the island. The writer takes a journey to Guernsey, where her life is forever changed.

Don Roos (The Other Woman, The Opposite of Sex) is adapting the novel for Kenneth Branagh to direct from. Production is scheduled to begin in March.