Kenneth Branagh is set to direct Guernsey, a film adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows’s best-selling novel, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Kate Winslet will star as writer Juliet Ashton, who penned columns for a magazine during World War II. After the war, she is contacted by Channel Islander Dawsey Adams and, as their correspondence continues, the story unfolds of how a book society was established on Nazi-occupied Guernsey to fool curfew patrols.
Open auditions are being held to find a girl from Guernsey to play the part of Kit, who is aged between four and six, the adopted child of Juliet Ashton (Kate Winslet).
Kit: 4 years old - would consider casting a 6 year old as a 4 year old if she could play down. It's important that she is believably that age. A rural, intelligent young girl. A chatter box. Hugely infectious. We love her. Kit is a GREAT role and has lots to do and interacts with the adults in many scenes. We need to find a young girl who would be absolutely comfortable with acting. Who we could get great reaction from and who could also learn lines and interact with the others. She would film in Guernsey and in Pinewood studio. A great face. We should all want to adopt Kit.
The open auditions are due to be held on Saturday 28th January at St Sampson's High School between 09:00 and 14:30 GMT.
Theatre schools on the island have been approached to put forward girls for private auditions on Friday.
Kelly Valentine Hendry, who is responsible for the casting, said they were looking for a natural and previous experience of acting was not necessary.
She said there was no need to book for the open casting, that only one parent could attend per child and those girls attending should take along a small box containing three items they particularly like or find interesting to talk about.
Filming is due to commence mid-March with some of the scenes being filmed in Guernsey.
Kenneth Branagh is currently location-spotting on the island.