Dench, Depp, Ridley, Pena Join “Orient Express”

A big portion of the cast for Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation “Murder on the Orient Express” has been announced and its one hell of a team he’s assembled.

As we already know, Branagh is not only directing the film but is also set to star as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. A report from earlier this week has been confirmed – Johnny Depp is in talks to join the cast and if he signs he’ll play the victim of the piece, the malevolent American businessman Samuel Ratchett.

When Ratchett winds up dead whilst onboard the famed train as it travels from Istanbul to Paris, Poirot must interrogate and find out which of the passengers is guilty of the murder. So who is on the suspect list?

Dame Judi Dench will play the Princess Natalia Dragomiroff, a member of Russian royalty along with Lucy Boynton (“Sing Street”) as Countess Helena Andrenyi. Michelle Pfeiffer will play Mrs. Hubbard, a glamorous passenger with a secret. Michael Pena (“Ant-Man”) plays a Cuban passenger named Marquez who will probably take the place of either Antonio Foscarelli or Cyrus Hardman from the original novel.

Also onboard is Tom Bateman (“Jekyll & Hyde”) as Frenchman and train line director M. Bouc. Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) will play Doctor Arbuthnot while Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) will play the working class woman Mary Debenham who is in love with him. Finally, Sir Derek Jacobi will play Edward Masterman.

There are still a few key roles left to cast though including Swedish missionary Greta Ohlsson, the countess’ husband Rudolf, Ratchett’s secretary Hector McQueen and Fraulein Hildegarde Schmidt. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund will produce.

Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) penned the screenplay and production gets underway shortly ahead of an early Fall 2017 release.

Source: 20th Century Fox