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Murder on the Orient Express: Josh Gad boards Kenneth Branagh remake

He joins Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Peña

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Murder on the Orient Express continues to pick up passengers, with Josh Gad becoming the most recent addition to Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded whodunnit.

EW has confirmed that Gad, known for voicing Olaf in Frozen and starring in Broadway’s Book of Mormon, will play Hector McQueen, a high-strung translator with a taste for drink, in the Fox film. Anthony Perkins previously played the character in Sidney Lumet’s 1974 adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel.

Gad joins a cast that includes Branagh as the famous detective Hercule Poirot, as well as Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, and Michael Peña. Branagh is also directing, from a script by Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Green Lantern). Production is slated to start next month.

Gad’s other upcoming movies include Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, A Dog’s Purpose, and Marshall.

In an Instagram post featuring an Orient Express book cover, Gad said he’s “very excited to board this train.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.