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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017): Johnny Depp Cast In Agatha Christie Adaptation

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Johnny Depp Joins Cast Of Murder On The Orient Express

Golden Globe-winning actor Johnny Depp has signed on to play Ratchett in Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

Depp joins a cast that includes such names as Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Derek Jacobi, Michael Pena, Leslie Odom Jr., and fellow Oscar winner Judi Dench. Branagh himself will also appear in the film, portraying the lead role of Hercule Poirot.

Speaking about the team he assembled for the film, Branagh expressed excitement about the opportunity to work with them on such an iconic story as Murder on the Orient Express:

Commented Kenneth Branagh: “Christie’s ‘Murder’ is mysterious, compelling and unsettling. I’m honoured to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.”

Ridley Scott (The Martian), Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) and Branagh will produce the film. Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund will also produce. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer.

James Prichard and Hilary Strong, both of Agatha Christie Ltd., will executive produce.

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