Josh Gad to Board Murder on the Orient Express Remake

Josh Gad (Frozen) joined the cast of Murder on the Orient Express remake.

According to a report from Variety, Josh Gad will be joining a strong ensemble cast for the remake of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express to be directed by Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella, Thor).  Gad joins a cast that already includes Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr.  Branagh will play the lead, detective Hercule Poirot, and also direct from a screenplay by Michael Green adapted from the Agatha Christie novel.

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Here’s the report from Variety:

“Gad will play the part of Hector MacQueen, a nervous, skittish man who drinks too much. He’s gifted with languages and works as an assistant/translator to Depp’s Ratchett character.

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is tasked with solving the case that has numerous suspects among the passengers.”

At one point in time Angelina Jolie was rumored to be starring in the feature before dropping out.  Charlize Theron was the front runner to replace her in the role, but there’s been no word on whether she’s still considering joining the cast or whether one of the other actresses mentioned filled the role.  The original film 6 Oscar nominations so there’s a high bar set for this remake.

What do you think about the cast so far for the remake of Murder on the Orient Express?  The film will arrive in US theaters November 17, 2017.

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