Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake

The 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' helmer will step behind the lens and also play the lead role of the new take on Agatha Christie's novel.

AceShowbiz - Kenneth Branagh will do a double duty for his next big-screen project. The "Cinderella" helmer is set to serve behind the lens for Fox's upcoming adaptation of "Murder on the Orient Express" and to play the central character, a role that earned Albert Finney an Oscar nomination in the original flick.

Based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same title, the story focuses on detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of a passenger on an outbound train from Istanbul. The original movie was released in 1974 and helped Ingrid Bergman win Best Supporting Actress.

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon will produce the remake along with Branagh. Michael Green ("Blade Runner 2") is writing the screenplay. It will not be Branagh's first double duty in a movie. Last year, he starred and helmed "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit".

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