Angelina Jolie in Talks to Star in 'Murder on the Orient Express' https://t.co/7oUUiC281g pic.twitter.com/OPN96rUgL3— THR Movies (@THRmovies) June 10, 2016
Shooting is expected to begin in November in London and then move to Malta.
Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in Kenneth Branagh’s mystery ensemble Murder on the Orient Express, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
If a deal is closed, Jolie would play Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role once played by Lauren Bacall in the oft-made adaptation.
The Fox film is based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery that has been in the works for years (the deal to secure the rights with the Christie estate was seven years in the making). Shooting is expected to begin in November in London and then move to Malta.
The story centers on special detective Hercule Poirot, who boards a train from Jerusalem to Europe only to have a murder committed in the car next to his during a snowstorm. Poirot tries to discover the murderer or murderers before there's another victim.
Sidney Lumet tackled perhaps the best-known adaption of the book, considered to be one of Christie's greatest, in 1974 for Paramount. Albert Finney starred in that version as Poirot, while Ingrid Bergman, Bacall and Sean Connery were among the passengers/suspects.
Michael Green (Green Lantern) wrote the latest screenplay.
Branagh is producing alongside with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Aditya Sood and Michael Schaefer are executive producing.
Fox has dated the film for Nov. 22, 2017.
As a tentpole actress, Jolie remains one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. But she has spent much of the past several years focusing on her directing career, tackling such films as Unbroken and By the Sea, which she also starred in opposite her husband Brad Pitt. She most recently helmed the upcoming documentary First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers for Netflix.
She is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.
#AngelinaJolie in talks re playing HarrietHubbard for dir & actor #kennethbranagh film #MurderOntheOrientExpress pic.twitter.com/rX7xWryOV9— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) June 9, 2016
@asteris4ever Lauren was around 46-47 when she played Mrs Hubbard,#AngelinaJolie is 41.With make up she'll be fine— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) June 12, 2016
The Oscar-winning star and humanitarian is in discussions about playing Mrs Harriet Hubbard, an apparently wealthy American, in a new version of the Christie whodunit in which Hercule Poirot sets out to solve a murder mystery involving passengers travelling on the luxury sleeper from Istanbul to Calais.
Kenneth Branagh is directing the film — and also playing the Belgian private detective, famed for his 'little grey cells' and dapper moustache.
Jolie's participation in the picture has not yet been confirmed. But if she does go ahead, she would be recreating a role that was famously played by an indescribably glamorous Lauren Bacall — opposite Albert Finney as Poirot — in director Sidney Lumet's 1974 version of the book.
Branagh has been busy, running his namesake theatre company at the Garrick in London.
His Romeo And Juliet, staged with Rob Ashford and starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal, is on now.
And he is back on the boards himself in a revival of John Osborne's The Entertainer, which starts previews on August 20.
However, he has been pivoting, slowly, back to the movies, and is appearing in Christopher Nolan's new picture, Dunkirk, which is filming at the moment.
Branagh has met up with Jolie and the actress is keen to work with the film-maker and theatre star as long as she can clear enough time in her schedule.
Angelina Jolie Circles ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake https://t.co/HeseNzwZ6d— Variety (@Variety) June 10, 2016
Angelina Jolie is in early talks to board Fox’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Fellow actor/director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film, in addition to starring as Hercule Poirot. The producers are Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity.
Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
Christie’s book, published in 1934, 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.
Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project as a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
“Orient Express” was a commercial success, grossing $35 million in the U.S. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards, earning Bergman, who portrayed a Swedish missionary, her third Oscar — her first in the supporting category.
Christie’s novel was adapted again for a 2001 CBS show starring Alfred Molina and Leslie Caron.
Branagh’s directing credits include “Henry V,” “Thor” and “Cinderella.”
Jolie starred in and directed Universal’s 2015 drama “By the Sea” opposite spouse Brad Pitt.
The news about “Orient Express” was first reported by the Daily Mail.
Angelina Jolie is in talks to board Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit Murder on the Orient Express. The 41-year-old star will join what will likely be an all-star cast as Branagh assembles members from his repertory, both theatrical and big-screen. Christie’s tale features the erstwhile Belgian detective of curly moustache and inquisitive demeanour Hercule Poirot. Branagh will embody Poirot, who is called into action after an American tycoon is found murdered, stabbed multiple times, in his locked compartment from the inside on-board the luxurious Orient Express. Isolated and with a killer in their midst on-board a packed train that is stranded during a terrible snowstorm, Poirot must identify the murderer before they strike again.Angelina Jolie In Talks To Board Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ https://t.co/dDw0GaZCaN pic.twitter.com/ZRl2YtT09O— Deadline Hollywood (@Deadline) June 10, 2016
Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted for film and TV numerous times before, notably with Peter Ustinov as Poirot as well as a 1974 Sidney Lumet-directed version with Albert Finney in the main role and a cast that included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery. Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon.
Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. It will be executive produced by James Prichard and Hilary Strong; Strong brokered the deal for Agatha Christie Ltd. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) will pen the script, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
The picture marks an easygoing change of pace for Jolie following her focus recently as a filmmaker. Last year, she directed and starred in the intimate drama By The Sea opposite husband Brad Pitt. She is currently in post on First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers for Netflix. The film follows Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounting the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.
Angelina Jolie Books Ticket For ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ https://t.co/1c3KmtIZyn pic.twitter.com/1BpWRi97Im— ThePlaylist (@ThePlaylist) June 10, 2016
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