Variety is reporting that Tony Award-winning actor/Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. is in talks to join the new adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express.
If the deal with Odom does go through, he would be joining Kenneth Branagh, who is set to both direct the film and star in the leading role as Hercule Poirot. The film will be shot from a script by screenwriter Michael Green, who also had a hand in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel from Denis Villeneuve.
The film is based on the 1934 novel from Agatha Christie, which is a classic whodunit tale, wherein Detective Hercule Poirot hunts for the killer on board a luxurious train. There aren’t a whole lot of confirmed details on this new film other than Branagh, but between him, the script, and Odom, this flick is shaping up to have quite the pedigree.
The movie also has the added pressure of coming after the Sidney Lumet-directed 1974 classic, which went on to earn six Academy Award nominations and one win. Needless to say, those are pretty big shoes to fill. But if there was one directed who could potentially rise to that occasion, it would be Branagh. Not only does the director have a hefty amount of experience in directing some Shakespearean classics, but with his experience in the more effects-heavy films like Thor and Cinderella, he’ll likely be able to bring a whole new and solid style to Murder on the Orient Express that could not have been realized by anyone else.
Murder on the Orient Express is set to hit theaters on November 2, 2017.
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