Sunday, 6 November 2016

Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and more board Murder On The Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) may have missed out on hiring Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) for his new adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express, but that hasn't stopped him locking in some major acting talent. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Derek Jacobi (Anonymous), Tom Bateman (Creditors) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street) are set to join Hamilton alumnus Leslie Odom Jr.

Michael Green (Green Lantern) wrote the script for this latest cinematic trip on Christie's killer train, which finds a businessman killed and detective Hercule Poirot solving the case while surrounded by potential suspects.

Branagh is starring as Poirot, while Odom Jr. is Dr. Arbuthnot. Depp will be Ratchett, the man who meets his grizzly end. Ridley is set as Mary Debenham, a woman in love with the doctor, and Dench is Princess Dragomiroff, a member of the Russian aristocracy. Pfeiffer's on as Mrs. Hubbard, a passenger with a secret, while Pena is a Cuban passenger named Marquez and Bateman is playing Bouc.

"Christie's Murder is mysterious, compelling and unsettling," Branagh said in a statement carried by The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience." He will start the cameras and the wheels rolling this month in London and the movie will be out on 24 November next year.

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