AceShowbiz - After Angelina Jolie passed on a key role in Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express" last month, Fox at one point was eying several A-listers including Charlize Theron. Now, a new report has emerged, suggesting that Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer are being considered to join the cast of Branagh's gestating thriller.
Official announcement has yet to be released regarding the casting reports. However, Branagh tells The Hollywood Reporter that the "Dark Shadows" co-stars are among the "names of interest" for the adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name which is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on November 22, 2017.
Speaking to the site about how he will bring Christie's work to the big screen, he says, "She has a real sense of psychological insight and perception." He adds, "I think audiences are looking for and maybe ready to let that part of her work emerge a little more deeply - and differently from the sort of 'period drama' that some might associate with the work."
"Murder on the Orient Express" centers on Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is called into action after an American tycoon is found murdered. The victim's been stabbed multiple times in his locked compartment inside the luxurious Orient Express. With a killer in the midst during a terrible snowstorm, Poirot must identify the murderer before there is another victim.
Branagh will star as Poirot and direct the upcoming movie from a script provided by Michael Green (untitled Blade Runner project). Branagh will also produce the movie along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood. James Prichard and Hilary Strong will executive produce, with Steve Asbell overseeing for Fox.