Angelina Jolie is in early talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic 1934 novel “Murder on the Orient Express” for 20th Century Fox.
The story revolves around a murder onboard the famous train of a rather nasty American tycoon. Belgian detective Uercule Poirot must figure out who is responsible before the train, currently stuck in the snow, is freed and allows for the potential suspects to disembark. The answer, which ties back to a famous child abduction case, is more complicated than he could have ever thought.
Branagh not only directs but stars in the film as Poirot, but what role Jolie will play is unclear. The likes of Jessica Chastain, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, John Gielguld, Vanessa Redgrave, Alfred Molina, Michael York, Anthony Perkins, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Hershey, Hugh Bonneville and David Morrissey have starred in the three previous screen versions of the story.
Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will produce.