The growing cast of the new adaptation of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS has added a new name: Willem Dafoe. The film, which hails from 20th Century Fox, is being directed Kenneth Branagh (who will also star in the film as Detective Poirot).
Based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel of the same name, the story takes place on the Orient Express where a Mr. Ratchett is found murdered in his compartment one night and Poirot must find who did it from the many people also on board who all have connections to the deceased.
Dafoe is set to play undercover detective Gerhard Hardman and joins a large cast consisting of Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, and more.
Prior to this, the most well-known adaptation of this story was Sidney Lumet’sin 1974, which earned Ingrid Bergman an Oscar.
The film is being produced by Ridley Scott and his production banner Scott Free, as well as Simon Kinberg of Genre Films and Mark Gordon of Mark Gordon Company.
Dafoe is a prolific actor, most recently appearing in films such as Dog Eat Dog, John Wick, and reprising his role as Gill in the Pixar sequel Finding Dory. Coming up next, he has roles in The Great Wall, Justice League Part 1, and Death Note.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.