After Kenneth Branagh walked away from the chance to helm Thor 2 for Marvel Studios, most speculated that he’d gravitate toward something smaller, more intimate, and character driven in an effort to cleanse his palette of Norse mythology and celestial special effects. Those people were right.

Variety reports that Branagh is contemplating The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a romance that takes place immediately after WWII and is set both in London and on the island of Guernsey. Don Roos (Bounce, Marley & Me) is writing the adaptation of a New York Times bestseller that was penned by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. The film has been set up at Fox 2000.

Branagh has previosuly proven to be comfortable shifting between larger-budgeted productions (usually Shakespeare) and smaller-scale ensemble pieces, such as when he went from Henry V to the excellent mystery Dead Again, or from the self-contained Sleuth to Thor. He’s also breaking up his directorial effort with acting gigs. He’ll play Sir Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis’ anticipated My Week With Marilyn, with Michelle Williams as the blonde bombshell.

But what of Thor? Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding hero will appear alongside the likes of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in next summer’s Avengers. And earlier today, we reported that Marvel is considering Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk to take over the God of Thunder’s franchise. It makes sense. The HBO show appears cut from the same cloth as Marvel’s Thor, and Branagh did a decent job laying a solid foundation from which future storytellers can work. I’m anxious to see where discussions head next.

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