Kenneth Branagh is reportedly in talks to direct an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The movie is set to be produced by Ridley Scott (so expect it to be epic), Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon for 20th Century Fox. Michael Green, who also wrote the new Bladerunner, will adapt the novel for the big screen.
One of Christie’s most popular mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express centres on Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American businessman on board the train.
The book was turned into a popular film back in 1974, starring Albert Finney as Poirot alongside Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. It earned six Oscar nominations and Bergman won for Best Supporting Actress, so this version has more than a bit to live up to.
Branagh certainly has a full plate, and if this deal does go ahead, Murder on the Orient Express will only add to it. Let’s be honest though, a director as talented as he is will be more than capable of delivering the goods.
After his success with Disney’s live-action Cinderella, starring Lily James and Richard Madden, he announced a new season of plays to run at the Garrick from this autumn, including The Winter’s Tale, starring Dame Judi Dench. Branagh will also stage Romeo and Juliet, starring James and Madden together once more with Derek Jacobi.
With news of this adaptation, talk inevitably turns to casting. You can be certain that Branagh and Scott will assemble an A-List cast for the movie, but who will play the iconic Poirot?
We would love to hear your suggestions, so let us know!
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