When Kenneth Branagh signed on to play the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in last year’s remake of Agatha Christie‘s Murder on the Orient Express, there was push back from fans. For some, there’s only one Poirot, and that’s David Suchet, who first took on the role in 1989.
But when 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express hit the big screen, ultimately it was embraced by audiences. And now, it seems, there’s another Poirot adaptation in the works, with John Malkovich set to star as the quirky detective in an upcoming BBC series, reports the BBC Media Centre.
The three-part miniseries will bring Christie’s The ABC Murders to TV, with filming set to begin next month.
BBC Media Centre provided some background to the original story, written in 1936: “This time the setting is the 1930s; a time when the nation is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise. In the midst of this Poirot faces a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene.”
If you’d like to do a little bit of a compare and contrast, here’s Suchet in a 1992 Poirot episode, “The ABC Murders:”
We can already picture Malkovich in this established detective role. He is, after all, a seasoned actor with more than 70 films under his belt including Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields and of course Being John Malkovich,
In Charlie Kaufman‘s dark comedy, he plays an extreme version of himself, showing off his self-deprecating sense of humor. While the Poirot stories are murder-mysteries and involve dark material, there is still some comic relief.
We expect to see more of Malkovich’s funny side in the upcoming series.
If you missed it, or need a reminder, here’s a look at Malkovich in Being John Malkovich:
In addition to Malkovich, the cast for the The ABC Murders is topped up with other big names, including Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) as Inspector Crome, Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks) playing Cust, Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones) as Lady Hermione Clarke, Bronwyn James (Harlots) in the role of Megan and Freya Mavor (The Sense of An Ending, Sunshine on Leith) as Thora Grey.
Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy) will write and executive produce the TV adaptation. She described what’s to come, saying, “The ABC Murders is a brutal story of violence and lies, the long shadow of the past and the slaughter to come. At its center, one of the most familiar, famous characters in crime fiction. We may all think we know Poirot but do we really know Hercule?”
And James Prichard, Christie’s great-grandson and Executive Producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, is on board, too: “I am humbled by the quality of cast we have lined up for the show and I am most excited to experience the unique approach John Malkovich will bring to the role in this thrilling one-off television adaptation.”
Filming will begin in June 2018 with a BBC One premiere date to come. A U.S. broadcast has yet to be announced.
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