Kenneth Branagh’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS remake has just taken a hit with Oscar winner Angelina Jolie departing the project. She was reported as being in negotiations to join the cast but the studio will now turn to other big names to fill the void, with Charlize Theron among those in consideration.
The film follows Belgian detective Hercules Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case – in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer. It is based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
Branagh will star as Detective Hercule Poirot in addition to directing, with a script from Michael Green. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood will produce. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.
The original film in 1974 from Sydney Lumet was filled with an all-star class that included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, and Sean Connery. It was a huge commercial and critical success, racking up six Academy Awards nominations and one win for Bergman.
Jolie is set to star in Maleficent 2 and is directing First They Kill My Father: A Daughter Of Cambodia Remembers.
This news was first reported by Variety.