Variety is reporting that Angelina Jolie (By The Sea) is in talks to join the cast of Murder on the Orient Express, a remake of the 1974 classic based on Agatha Christie’s novel.
Thor and Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film as well as starring in the lead role of Hercule Poirot. Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) are producing alongside Branagh, with the script penned by Michael Green who has co-written upcoming sequel Blade Runner 2.
Christie’s classic novel was first published in 1934 and the story “revolves around a murder onboard the famous train. The film follows Belgian detective Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case — in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.” If she signs on, Jolie will play Mrs. Hubbard, portrayed in the original film by Lauren Bacall.
The 1974 version, directed by Sidney Lumet, starred Albert Finney as Poirot alongside Bacall, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud.
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