Kenneth Branagh is set to direct and act in a new film adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express.
The British thespian will star as Hercule Poirot – the Belgian detective who must investigate a mysterious murder on the world’s most famous train.
The five-time Oscar nominated actor is certainly keeping himself busy of late. After directing Thor (2011), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) and most recently, Cinderella, Branagh is also set to reprise his role as Kurt Wallander in the BBC’s drama series Wallander, for a fourth series which has already been filmed.
Branagh is also directing and performing in several theatre plays produced by his own theatre company at the Garrick Theatre in London. It was also reported in September that Branagh is attached to develop a cinematic adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s young adult series, Artemis Fowl.
Adapted from Agatha Christie’s classic novel, the 20th Century Fox production of Murder On The Orient Express will see Branagh act as a producer, alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg (The Martian) and Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs). The screenplay will be written by Michael Green (Blade Runner 2).
A release date has yet to be revealed. Watch the trailer for Branagh’s last directing project below.