Downton Abbey star in ‘completely unpredictable’ new movie

Downton AbbeyPenelope Wilton is thrilled for the world to see her new ‘unpredictable’ movie The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Also starring Oscar winner Jim Broadbent in the title role, it is an adaptation of the 2012 novel by Rachel Joyce directed by normal peopleIt is Hetti Macdonald. The film traces Harold’s 500-mile trek to visit a dying friend.

Speaking exclusively For digital spyWilson explained what seduced her in the film.


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“I just thought it was a brilliant story. It’s terribly well told. Because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. You know, sometimes with a book you can kind of predict it. is completely unpredictable, this story,” she added. said.

“I didn’t read the book. And I didn’t actually read it, until we were well into filming this one.

“Because a lot of times when you read a book you’re kind of disappointed when you see the script just because they have to leave out so much of it because you know, you have an hour and a half for a movie, whereas a book could take three days to read.

“And also, in this case, a lot of the descriptions of the places Harold went through that we see in the film. I took that because I thought it was a wonderful, very, very heartfelt story. And fascinating.”

penelope wilton, the improbable pilgrimage of harold fry


Wilton has already caught up DS to discuss his WWII drama Ground Meat Operationwhich recounted a real-life British intelligence plan to disguise the body of a homeless man as a fictional armed forces captain named William Martin, to trick the Germans into thinking Greece was their next target.

Wilson told us she was “absolutely amazed” that the idea was wiped out, let alone how successful the operation was.

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry hits UK cinemas on Friday 28 April.

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