Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley Board Branagh's All-Star 'Orient Express'

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Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley Board Branagh's All-Star 'Orient Express'


By Screen staff

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and Daisy Ridley have joined Kenneth Branagh on 20th Century Fox's adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic whodunit Murder On The Orient Express.

Fox president Emma Watts made the announcement on Thursday.

Alongside directing, Branagh will follow in the footsteps of actors David Suchet and Peter Ustinov to star as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Depp will play Ratchett, the American businessman whose murder aboard the luxury Orient Express train is at the heart of Christie's 1934 classic novel.

In the roles of the other passengers and suspects, Dench will play Princess Natalia Dragomiroff; Lucy Boynton, Countess Andrenyi; Pfeiffer, Mrs Hubbard; Ridley, Mary Debenham; Derek Jacobi, Masterman, and Leslie Odom Jr, Doctor Arbuthnot.

Tom Bateman will play Poirot's faithful friend Monsieur Bouc. A few roles have yet to be cast.

Branagh, who was first announced as attached to the project at the end of 2015, said: "Christie's 'Murder' is mysterious, compelling and unsettling. …

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