Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed 1934 mystery novel “Murder on the Orient Express” for 20th Century Fox.
Branagh stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who, while onboard the famous Paris-Istanbul train, must solve the murder of an American businessman (Johnny Depp). The trouble is, any of the passengers are potential suspects.
Dafoe will play a train passenger named Mr. Hardman, who claims to sell typewriting ribbons but might have ties to the victim. He joins a cast that also includes Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Josh Gad, Tom Bateman, Leslie Odom Jr. , and Lucy Boynton.
Dafoe appears in numerous upcoming films including the Matt Damon-led “The Great Wall,” Netflix’s adaptation of the acclaimed manga “Death Note,” and plays the same key supporting character in both “Justice League” and “Aquaman”.
Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2049”) wrote the screenplay while Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh are producing with filming currently underway in the United Kingdom.