Kenneth Branagh To Helm “Orient Express”

“Thor” and “Cinderella” director Kenneth Branagh is in discussions to direct a new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” for 20th Century Fox.

In the story, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast.

Michael Green, who wrote the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, will pen the adaptation of Christie’s iconic 1934 detective novel. Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are producing.

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.

Source: The Wrap