Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express has signed on some stellar talent.
Branagh himself will be starring in the lead role as Hercule Poirot, in addition to taking the director’s chair.
Daisy Ridley will play Mary Debenham, while Michelle Pfeiffer will take on the role of Mrs Hubbard, and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr will play Dr Arbuthnot.
Dame Judi Dench will also make an appearance as Princess Dragomiroff, while Ant-Man’s Michael Pena will play Marquez.
Johnny Depp has been cast as Ratchett, but don’t expect him to play a large role in the movie, as (spoiler alert) his murder at the beginning of the story kicks the events of Agatha Christie’s book into action.
Arguably Christie’s most famous murder mystery, Murder on the Orient Express sees renowned detective Hercule Poirot attempting to solve Ratchett’s murder while confined to a train – the restricted setting and enclosed plot has made the story a fan favorite for decades, and Christie’s influence upon the mystery genre can be seen to the present day.
Kenneth Branagh has spoken publicly about how thrilled he is to have such an impressive and distinguished cast of actors to work on the movie with him.
“"Christie's Murder is mysterious, compelling and unsettling. I'm honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience."
Murder on the Orient Express is due to hit theaters in 2017.