Saturday, 17 September 2016

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. eyes Murder On The Orient Express

With several of the original main cast of Hamilton leaving recently, they are being snapped up for various projects on film and TV. Now news arrives via Variety that Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony Award for his performance as Aaron Burr, is now in talks to join Kenneth Branagh's (Cinderella) new version of Murder On The Orient Express.

Branagh boarded the film in June last year, aiming to direct and star as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in the carriage bound mystery. The book was first published in 1934, and sees Poirot exercising the little grey cells over the murder of an American tycoon on a journey from Istanbul (Constantinople at the time) to Paris.

Variety's report doesn't include what role Odom Jr. might be taking aim at, but if he does sign on, he will be the second confirmed cast member after Branagh, as Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) considered taking part, but never officially committed.

The story was famously adapted in 1974 by Sidney Lumet for a star studded version that was nominated for six Oscars and won one for Ingrid Bergman. With Michael Green (Green Lantern) writing the latest script, Branagh is looking to have this one out next year.

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