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Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Judi Dench board Murder On The Orient Express

Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Dame Judi Dench have all joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder On The Orient Express.

They will be joined by Michael Pena and Derek Jacobi, as well as Branagh himself – who will direct as well as star as Agatha Christie’s legendary crime solver Hercule Poirot.

The story focuses on a murder on board the world-famous train and introduces Belgian detective Poirot, who must solve the case while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers.

Depp is on board to play Ratchett, the man who is murdered, while Pfeiffer will play Mrs Hubbard, a glamorous and opinionated passenger with a secret.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Ridley will play Mary Debenham, a working-class woman in love with Arbuthnot, while Dame Judi will play Princess Dragomiroff, who hails from Russian royalty. Pena appears as a Cuban passenger named Marquez.

Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr is also among the ensemble as Dr. Arbuthnot, as is Tom Bateman, as the Frenchman Bouc. Lucy Boynton and Derek Jacobi in an as-yet unannounced role.

Branagh, whose previous work as a director includes Disney’s live-action Cinderella, commented: “Christie’s Murder is mysterious, compelling and unsettling. I’m honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.”

Shooting is due to begin in London in November, with the film based on a script by Michael Green (who also penned the Blade Runner sequel).

James Prichard, of Agatha Christie Ltd., who is executive producing with Hilary Strong, commented: “It is always thrilling for us to see the stellar casting that Agatha Christie film adaptations attract.”

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