Angelina Jolie is currently in talks to star in a remake of one of the most iconic mystery thrillers ever, Murder on the Orient Express, based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel of the same name. If Jolie boards the project, she will be cast as Mrs. Hubbard, a character who was played by another sultry femme fatale, Lauren Bacall, in the original 1974 version, which was a critical and commercial hit.
This adaptation will be produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh, also starring as the famous mystery novel detective Hercule Poirot, who joins the train in Jerusalem. The story centers on Poirot’s attempts to solve the murder of an American tycoon, which takes place aboard the luxury train in the car next to the detective’s, amid a snow storm.
According to Coming Soon.net, Christie’s classic whodunnit novel is “considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Poirot must solve the case—but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer.”
Although several TV versions have aired over the years, this is the first big screen adaptation in more than four decades. The film is still in development, so details are sketchy; but we know that Michael Green (Smallville; Wolverine franchise) is writing the screenplay. And like its predecessor, the picture will likely feature a star-studded cast.
Producing alongside Branagh will be high-profile filmmakers Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg.
Jolie’s next project is a documentary she directed titled First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, out later this year. She has also signed on to reprise her role in Maleficent 2.
Murder on the Orient Express will steam into theaters Nov. 22, 2017.