Kenneth Branagh is set to both direct and star as Hercule Poirot in the newest 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 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.
A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast. The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series. That version included Jessica Chastain, Toby Jones, Barbara Hershey, David Morrissey, Hugh Bonneville, Brian J. Smith and Eileen Atkins.
Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is adapting the screenplay while Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will produce.