British actress Letitia Wright, who stole the show as Shuri in last year’s “Black Panther,” has scored a central role in the upcoming film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” at 20th Century Fox.
Kenneth Branagh returns to both direct and star as Christie’s famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on holiday in Egypt.
Wright will play Rosalie Otterbourne, the kind and doting daughter of alcoholic female author Salome Otterbourne who are both on the cruise and both potential suspects – Rosalie in particular.
Olivia Hussey played the role in the original 1978 film adaptation. Wright joins a cast that includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Jodie Comer.
Filming aims to begin in late September. Wright currently appears in Donald Glover’s Amazon short film “Guava Island” and will soon be seen in the sci-fi romance tale “Hold Back the Stars” alongside John Boyega.