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Kenneth Branagh to star in and direct Murder on the Orient Express remake

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Kenneth Branagh is ready to use his little grey cells as the director and star of a new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, 20th Century Fox has announced.

Published in 1934, Christie’s clockwork mystery finds the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) trying to unravel a murder that could have been perpetrated by any number of passengers aboard a snowbound train.

Sidney Lumet previously brought the tale to the silver screen in 1974, with one of the starriest ensembles ever assembled, including Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, and Vanessa Redgrave.

In addition to starring and directing, Branagh will produce with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon. Michael Green (Green Lantern, Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay.

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