The Orient Express is now boarding.
20th Century Fox has announced the full cast for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, adding Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, and more.
Branagh is both directing and starring in the upcoming remake, playing Agatha Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot. Adapted from Christie’s beloved 1934 novel, The Orient Express follows Poirot as he tries to identify a murderer aboard the famed train. Depp will play Ratchett, the murder victim, while Pfeiffer and Ridley will play Mrs. Hubbard and Mary Debenham, respectively.
Judi Dench is also on board as the Russian Princess Dragomiroff, with Lucy Boynton playing Countess Andrenyi, Tom Bateman as Bouc, Derek Jacobi as Masterman, Michael Pena as Marquez, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Doctor Arbuthnot. Production is set to begin in November in London, and few key roles have yet to be cast.
“Christie’s Murder is mysterious, compelling, and unsettling,” Branagh said in a statement. “I’m honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.”
Michael Green, who wrote the new untitled Blade Runner sequel, wrote the script, with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, and Branagh serving as producers. Earlier, Angelina Jolie was in talks to join the film, but she never officially signed on to the project.
Sidney Lumet directed the 1974 film version of Murder on the Orient Express, which earned six Oscar nominations and starred Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, and Anthony Perkins.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.