By Travis Martin
Kenneth Branagh is about to direct and star in a remake of a classic murder mystery, and he may have found his leading lady. Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.“ Branagh, along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon are producing the film, with a script by Michael Green.
The movie, based on Agatha Christie‘s most famous novel, centers on Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he attempts to unravel a murder that happened on a train going from Istanbul to London. Originally published in 1934, a film adaption was made in 1974 that starred Albert Finney as Poirot and directed by Sidney Lumet. Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, and Michael York were also part of the cast.
It is unknown what role Jolie would be taking, but it is assumed that Branagh will be playing Poirot. Fox will be distributing the film, having previously announced plans for a remake in 2013. There is currently no production date for “Murder on the Orient Express.”