Kenneth Branagh’s remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is starting to take shape with an impressive A-list cast. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, and Michael Pena have all received a ticket to ride on the adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery.
The story centers on a murder onboard the famous train, and introduces Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who must solve the case while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers. Depp will play Ratchett the man who is murdered while Pfeiffer will play the glamorous, yet secretive Mrs. Hubbard and Ridley will m=play a working class woman Mary Debenham. Dench is set to play Princess Dragomiroff of Russia while Pena will portray a Cuban passenger named Marquez.
Rounding out this robust all-star cast are Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. who is playing Doctor Arbuthnot and Tom Bateman who is set to play Frenchman Bouc. Lucy Boynton and Derek Jacobi also star in the ensemble.
Branagh will direct the script from Michael Green. Branagh will also produce alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund. Steve Asbell will oversee for Fox.
Depp recently reprised his role as Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass and appeared in Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers. He can be seen next in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He is repped by UTA.
Oscar-winning actress Dench is known for her role as M in the James Bond franchise. She can be seen next in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and in the upcoming drama Tulip Fever. She is repped by Julian Belfrage Associates and Parseghian Planco.
Ridley is set to reprise her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII.. She has been attached to star in a full slate of films in 2018 including J.J. Abrams’ Kolma and Ophelia, a reimagining of Hamlet. She is repped by CAA and Peter Hess.
Three-time Academy Award nominee Pfeiffer most recent big screen credit was the crime comedy The Family. She can be seen next in HBO’s Bernie Madoff drama The Wizard of Lies opposite Robert De Niro. She is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Pena has a slew of recent credits including Marvel’s comic book blockbuster Ant-Man and the Oscar-nominated sci-fi pic The Martian. He also starred in the film festival favorite War on Everyone opposite Alexander Skarsgard and can be seen next in the big screen adaptation of CHiPs. He is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer