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Michiel Huisman To Star Opposite Lily James In Guernsey

Michiel Huisman has joined Lily James for Guernsey, Mike Newell's post-WWII drama based on Annie Barros and Mary Ann Schaffer's novel.


Michiel Huisman, who was last seen by Dany’s side as the fiercely loyal Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, has landed a role opposite Lily James in post-WWII drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lifting inspiration from Annie Barros and Mary Ann Shaffer’s novel of the same name, Guernsey chronicles the story of Juliet Ashton (James), a reporter who decides to shed light on the famous Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed on Guernsey Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy during the throes of World War II.

A haven of peace and tranquility during wartime, Ashton’s curiosity is piqued when she receives a letter from a local resident named Dawsey Adams (Huisman). He’s a farmer on the island and, following a series of exchanges between Lily James’ writer and the titular book society, our protagonist later makes the trek to Guernsey Island.

Don Roos and Tom Bezucha are the screenwriters tasked with adapting that heartfelt story for the big screen, where Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) will direct. StudioCanal will lend financial support, and the fact that Barros and Shaffer’s source material, one told as a series of letters between Juliet and Dawsey, went on to become a New York Times bestseller leads us to believe Newell and Co. may well have a hit on their hands.

Alas, there’s no mention of when StudioCanal will set the wheels in motion on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but we’ll keep you posted. Huisman, meanwhile, has lined up a role in Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream, though it seems unlikely he’ll be returning for Game of Thrones season 7 given him and Dany parted ways during that show-stopping finale.

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