One actress who has had an especially fruitful career following a run on “Downton Abbey” is Lily James. Since playing “Downton’s” Lady Rose, James has tackled a range of feature films, theater productions and television roles, notably the title role in “Cinderella” and Natasha Rostova in the six-part BBC One period adaptation “War & Peace.”
Next up for James is another major role, in “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” a Netflix original film coming out Aug. 10.
The movie is directed by Mike Newell (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) and based on the best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey During World War II.
The film also stars Michiel Huisman (“The Age of Adaline”), Glen Powell (“Set It Up,” “Everybody Wants Some”), Matthew Goode (“The Imitation Game,” “Downton Abbey”), Jessica Brown Findlay (“Victor Frankenstein,” “Downton Abbey”) and Katherine Parkinson (“The IT Crowd,” “The Boat That Rocked”), with Tom Courtenay (“45 Years,” “Doctor Zhivago”) and Penelope Wilton (“The BFG,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”).
Here’s a look …