Angelina Jolie Pitt has dropped out of Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”.
Jolie had never actually signed a deal to appear though she entered early talks and was in negotiations to join the cast. With her passing, the studio is now trying to secure a number of other big name stars.
Charlize Theron is amongst the actresses being considered to join Branagh who not only directs but plays detective Hercule Poirot.
First published in 1934, the story revolves around a murder of an American businessman onboard the famous train. Poirot tries to figure out which passenger is the murderer. The solution is one of literature’s most famous twists.
Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is adapting the screenplay for this new take which follows on from the 1974 adaptation with Albert Finney and the TV adaptation several years ago with David Suchet.
Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon will produce.